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Bismarck's Return to Hia Central Network of Diplomacy. TIIK Kl'SSIAN .CHANCELLOR'S VISIT. Will the Famous Statesman Favor or Suppre s the Sultan ? MUSIC AND THE DRAMA. Bkki in. Dee. ?, 1*75. Prince Si ? in trek relumed to Berlin about a fortnight ?go, nil immediately rata::.id the arduous duties of his numerous oftices. He appeared iu Parliament the day after hi* arrival to be present at the debate on the budget Jai on the Introduction of the new taxes. The reception accorded him t>v tho mi*tuber* was not very enthua 4>t..v His overture s to the conservatives, hi* inclination toward the protectionists, and, abofe all h!s intended revision of the penal code, have somewhat alienated Uirn from the libe rals. Even his first speech n Parl.aoi"Ut produced no gr*it eflect. After contLrin. lag what Camphausen, the Minister of Finance, nad already said?via., that the rejection of the taxation projects would bring about uo conflut with the govern ment?a ? commenced ajratber llat delenc# of the Bourse tax and the doubling of s.fce beer lux. Amid jokes and witty remarks he developed his ideal of a finance system, which, according to h.m, was an abolition of all oppressive ind.rect taxes and the introduction of direct imposts on ail articles of luxury, such as beer, brandy, coffee, sugar, and especially tobacco, in Ger many nearly free of duly. Sii.ce then the Imperial Chancellor has on.'y spoken once in Tariiameut. his secoud speech was principally .?sui port of bis desired revision ol the penal code. I p to the last moment, be always hoped the liberals would desist in their opposi tion against a bill which he was chietly instrumental in arranging. All partus uevsrthelc&s, hastily signified their disapprobation of A No one frutured to identify b.mseir with GAGCtNG THK PRSsS, restricting the rights of public meetings, and punishing political discussions. When Beningsen, on the Jay pre vious to the first reading of (he penal code revision, in* formal h.rn of the unaEiintus resolution of the na tional liberals, the !eac.cg party of the House, to reject all political declsIoEs of the b.U, he is said to have been very angry, to have spoken of h:S great services to the country, ana complained of the unreliibleness of the liberal majority. This mortifies) .on seems, however, to have quickly passed away, for. to the general astonish ment, he throw the next day nearly the whole btll over board. tnerely laying stress on tho adoption of the so-called Arnim paragraphs, which are to enforce tho obedience and discretion of German diplomatist* It seemed almost as thongh the voia mlnous bill had been elaborated for this one paragraph He certainly acknowledged In his speech the privilege of the Reichstag to reject the whole bill without tearing ? conflict, and very energetically declared that the gov ernment, convinced of the necessity of the measures contained in it, would so long insist on Its acceptance until a majority declared tbcmselves in its favor. Oa passing over to the Arnim paragraph he menacingly threatened, in event of Its rejection, he would resign his cuB'lact of foreign affairs. H.s agisted voice, neV trous i witches of the hand and incessant fidgeting of a pencil plainly betrayed hie pajtionate emotion when describing ,b8 indiscipline, muiic.oas calumniations and sccr-i intrigues of Count Arnim. The apparent wrath of Prin. e Bismarck aga n4 the ox-Ambassador I Is so great thai it must be incited bv other r ^ouaiujii tho?e come to light during the tr .i or bv the ^ I ThI?i!LAT'O,S*f0!! Tns "i'Ro MHJLO." w,T .,??adoption of the Arn.m paragraph will probably be responded to. anboish Lasker who I made au excellent speoch on that nay. denounced it is i contradictory to all legal theories. " With this con cession, howev,r, .tie indulgence of the Reichs^j w?l Ail likelihood terminate. All endeavor a or t Bismarck will not suite* to inturo -he passing I of the entire bill. Pre9..cl banded ove? ' tain mi. L rat,0n '? " ????'ttee of four teen members, aner resolutions nad been adopted wJ*? .* p0l't"kJ d<"cl*"???s tnpltnwH? in other i " ts. ri ltnP'y lo reject their. The 1'ariiaiuentary de feat suflered by Bismarck must Lot be undervalued it i certainly seems p.guiucant wben Ate whol* wun the exception of a few conservative*, forgeuui of party feuds. express their unlimited condemnation of ? Dill proposed by tho government, tion the u'tra montane centrum went hand in Land w ft, the.r libend adversaries. Their leader Peter Reicbensperger stood up and declared in the nam* ol bis party hw'senti ments were entirely in un.sor. with w, e of LaJer and he, tberelore, would forbear mak.i. ? his :ntend?d speech. In the proposed, ptna. cocij rev.sion those parts relative to emigration and seductive means em amir!. forwarding .1 wil, particularly interest the Amerioau goveriimeul and those fjern.ans living n bl" dr*wt UI' l> lL* tovernmeut Son tains the following monstrous c.aj?, -Whosoever ' under Islse pretences e.lber wil:ul!y nducei or at- i tempu to induce Germans by groundless represent*. 1 lions to emigrate will be pun..-bed wltd uot ]?? ? mf"'*r.i!llU^'iODmCI,U u du.te IDLl missihle and not in cnnsonac.e wtib international law As I.asker Justly observed, the consequences of ! such an euiictmcnt would t.e that wten any man w?o"e from America to a reiat ve in Germany be "Jd do I we.l to como to him, for he had become a ?althv and ? rrrTenl,B?Vthf U:U'r *?'he ealKd ! , f r lB 6'411 CircUtl.aUL. es, the lalter would b? > punishable wl:h not 1,-* than , v?? ' Imprisonment a further even more unfwr" I II'*rPr<?S'eU "J ?'"??? Which states that offences anu crime* committed w thout punishmeut abroad aie, even alter a lapse of years punishable in Germany. Th.s wm3 ?n unjultmab'e I interference in the civil righns of other natlin* ThJ no ic"' ?C, lhi* farfcgrapt, can be .n the sup piait.^u jf the existence of countries ?;ihout laws to puuish crimes which all civil 7...1 r.,.-ions possess in , D iiakorr't, visit t., bkruk. wn ie Bismarck was endeavor.n* n the Hetshtag to ? Vtt*U!?JS,nty t0r bl* ^roPot*<i r' v >.oii O! (lie penal ? h.6 i't'iiH, n Ha s;m!?lunt:Ou v to diuio. SrMi'n'1 Tk0! U,t "l?;1 "''popart . b.l* Prince i> i.) k H6 ?--.an< r, on his re.urn to ol. Petersburg alter severs! mouths' s. otirn in -iuutli Germany snd Swuerland, bad arrive., .n Berlin on bis way bom- for a two days vWJt a t occupwioB during i.n lb" German eapiul chiefly coiiiined t5 ' p I.ucs. Immediately alter arr.val Ue -on Bismarck and conferred wiib him an hour sad a hair Iho two statesmen became acquainted wm-n thev were liotb simple Minister* of th' ir respective sovrn m.ota.n Kranklort-on-the Msm dUi S German Ui-t. , f,? .rurr^nr.i .aw esch oth? sLim 'k at" *^'!r',l>urK. *here they formed a close Ireod ship. The principal .ubjeet ol me.r present disrul ' Sions was, as a mailer of cours. tbe h a-tern auest.on wb.cb, uy Kugiand s purrbase of the .-u?,- . ?hdl ' ffr0.?.'nll T^ed'.Ve' h** l"',X bro"t,u I" 'he lore ground. The ' pourparlers ' between H.-marek an.l oortscbakolT. to which CountCaroiyi, a,e Austro Hun garun Ambassador, wa*m?o nvite.. have r.-eulu-d in tue complete understanding ol the three northern Em pires. The programme lor solving the Ku -. ru r|uoS. i ti'jn. the drawiug i^p of which wa? intru>ted to Count Audras-y, is already consummated and laid beiore the St f etersburgcab net for approval. As Count Carolyi had cnlv ie(t his ehif.f #ome ilays ago, snd was luliy aware ot his intentions, he could immediately under take the .uierpreuiion of Anilrnssi s propositions ,a 1 the matter. As soon as a formal agreement between the three imperial governments concerning the Kasi- 1 era question has bern eCtaed it ? 11 oe conimun.csted tw the other .States, so that JOIST ACTIOS LM cossrarmiorLi on th? part ol all the leading Kuiopeau l*o?ers may be achieved. The proposition of tbe tbiee northern li'-?,'1? lb* of the Emperors in lv?, havs tak' n tbe initiative .n all importam uues tiODS, exiendi al-o te the reforms about to be introduced by the Sultan In lavor of his Christian uubje.-u, and not I merely, m believed, to the guarantee te be undertaken ? by them ror the.r execot on The purchase or the due* lausishsres by Kn^iand received .r e luil approbation of the three norihkrs Power-. Exactly on tbe day when Pr'Uce GorUcbakoB arrived here the Brush Am bassador, Lord Odo Rus-eii was rl.arged by his govern ment to olllcially notify the purchase to the German 1 Cabinet. Bismarck, perhap* secretly delighted at > ranee oelog duped m the all.ir upoke m-aiapprov. | Ingly of tho proceedings of Kngiand Us the neit dav Lord I>d<> look the opportunity of paying his resDects to Prince Oortschnhoff ami learning his opinion on tbe ! tr.nsferofthesbares and the re ?pt,on awa.t.n, him Chancellor " accorded li.tr, by the German j SO' TAL ajrn d?a?stjc oossir. ' i* B'W" CWi U* ?""? Pr^ent of the social ilfe ol the German capital. Court festivities only ber a Ul" n*w y?ar and soir?cs of tne diplomatic corns m^a ?e?^"mt ! **r"* Th* " promise* to be a very brilliant one. The enlminsting poinl of .lie winter months will be .-tgalL centred in s fancy ball jlven by the Crown Prince lor which preparations are i.ready being made. In splendor it will surpass n i* ?aid, the one ol the preceding year. It will probably represent an h si. r.cal epoch of the time of the "re n*ishance. " During ibis winter the tatont of the Ru*. sisn and English-embassies, closed Isst yesr on ac count ol deaths in the families of Lord Odo Ruftseil and HaroiuOubril, will Sfain be opened. The social meet ings or the American colony art deferred until the re turn of the American Minister, Mr. Bancroft Bavis. from Kgypt, where be is spend,ng a long leave of sb teoce Mr. Davis is only expected back in the middle ?I Jsnusry. The principal interest of society m Berlin Is at present conceutrated in the theatres and differsnt concert halls. Of the new plays brcnght on the various stages only a lew have met ?;th success. The dramatic art and luera'are ?u l..? cewlani'v hj ?ra af eiorv. The ' public I* general interest themselves but little ia Ibe serious drauia. They have uo iikulMiui to yield theiu K'lvei nver during their dour* ol recreatiou ta and depressing thoughts, ind seek for diversion hi % fair* or comedy Thus the theatres frequently remaiu empty when classical dramas are givnu, whereas tliey are Oiled to overflowing as soon is iJflenbaeh aud othor fri i'oIous Parisian bvuffn are producel. Tho same remark may also be made WITU UUI1AKO TO MUBIO. Only Wagner form* ao exception to tbo general rule lu Berlin ibe composer of tbe "music of tbo luture" bad a long struggle before he gained a Arm footing. Tbe small but powerful coterie a^MinbWd around iho Uaroness Schleimt*, which almost raise Wagner to a lernl god in their admiration of bun, was obliged to uso all its influence to open the doom of the Moral Opera to the worshipped master. His "Taiiubauser" was played a long time before being followed by "Kiensi" and '-l.o hiugru." Id this season "Tristan und Isolde" is to be dually given. The first representation, to have ta ken place before Chaistmas, has, on account of the stipulated leave of absence of Fran Mal Infer and Herr Niemann, both artists who lake leading parts, been postponed till after New Year. No uientiou has till now been tuade of the perlormau* e of other new operas, no works of any particular worth tiav.ug been iumded In to the Inteudant of the Opera. One Is, therefor*, confined to the representation of old standing opera*. Thus, lor instance, "Carlo Broechl" iind "The Black Domino" have beeu lately restudied. Tbe principal rCU wud undertaken by our American prima donna. Miss Minnie Uaurk, every day becoming a arnater favorite of the public; the applause ;tccorded her In both was enthusiastic and general. t>be intends shortly to appear in several other operas, not given tiiace the departure of Lacca. In our concert balls Ole Bull and Miss lielocca are now making a great sensation. Tbe celebrated Norwegian violinist has not been lor inaay years in Berlin. His wonderful playing has pre* served its charms of old aud pectus to have lost nothing by tbe tooth ol time. Unfortunately, he was but badly supported in his two conccrts. The musicians ptayiug with bun were ol Inferior abilities aud destroyed t.'io pleasure derived from h s rnagie play. Mile. Belocca, a young Kussian lady of good family, has takeu tbe place in ritrakosch s travelling concerts'lormerly occupied by Mrne. Mon bellu Her voice is excellent, but the school might be improved. Iu Berlin tne first reception accordod her, notwithstanding the flattering advertisements mado by Strak. 'Cli ?a.s exceedingly Cold. Only bv degrees did she win the svmpaUiy of the public. In the small theatres sreat preparations are going on for tbo Christ mas pantomimes, generally drawing full houses. >tnmge to say, in nearly all tbo theatres of Berlin Vienna actresses are now playing tbe chief rOltt. In tbe Knederick Wilhelmstadt Theatre Miss Finaly Is now performing in the "Love Ring," a new opera bonffe a la Oflenbacb, the composer of which is a chel d'orcbcsira of second rank. The operetle, masterly played by Miss Kinaly, ouly called forth a svecrt d'ts ttm*. In the Waltersdort Theatre Miss Uallmeyer, tlie idol of the Vienna suburban public, performs every evening in "Dreamland." The "fesche l'epi" has un derstood how in a abort Bpace ol timo to wn the favor of the sceptic Berliners. In the Residence Theatre Miss Bogtiar, formerly at tho Imperial Theatre iu Vienna appears nightly in "Deborah," Murguerite G'aut.er aud other dramatic rOIe*. BISMARCK'S GRIEF. DEATH OP COUNT ZV ECLENBUBO, TUB ?K TILBOTHED HPSBAUD Of THE CHANCELLOB S DAUGHTER?AH INTEBEhTIN'Q STOBI OK LOVE IK HIGH LIFE. Hkkij.v, Dcc. 7, 1873. Prince Bismarck has been visited by a heavy blow in his family. Count Wend zu Kulenburg, a promising member of the Foreign Office, who only a few months ago was affianced to Countess Mary Bismarck, the only daughter of the Chancellor, died suddenly yesterday morning of congestion of the lungs, after having happily recovered from an attack of typhoid. The de ceased was a young mau of great abilities, coupled with personal amiability. Ho has for many years been in tlmately acquainted with Bismarck1? family. Alter having passed his State examination the Imperial Chancellor called him to his side and Intrusted him with important commissions, which were all faithfully and satislactorily executed. During the summer an al liance was agreed upon between him and the Countess Mary, a young lady of a sweet and lovable disposition. Wuen on a visit to Varzin, Bismarck's favorits country seat, the Count fell ill of typhoid fever. As toon as the illness perraii ted of it he was transported to the house of his parents, which ho waa destined never again to leave alive. The fever, of a most obstinate charactcr, was only subdued by degrees, owing to a relapse caused by a dietary fault. However, in the course of last week the physicians ex pressed decided hopes of a complete recovery, an inti mation naturally producing great Joy in the homo of the Chuncellor. Even at the soirde given on Saturday evening by Bismarck to the members of the Reichstag the Prince as well as his daughter pronounced their satisfaction at the progress made by the patient. COCMTE3S MART, who was kept from the bedside of her future husband by the contagion of the disease, denoted also her pleasure at being able lor the flrst time to-morrow to pay hor betrothed a visit, little dreaming she would see bim no more alive. On Sunday morning, about three o'clock, the doctor In attendance heard a loud, violent rattling in the throat of the sufferer, and Im mediately administered a restorative, but Without effect. Ouly a few more hours or life were granted the Count. At six o'clock on the 5th ol December ho ex pired, to the unutterable grief of hid parents. TUB PKCKASKO waa descended from one of the oldest Prussian noble fam ilies. His father holds a high government appolntmeut; one of his brothers is Chief President of Hanover, and another Lord High Chamberlain to the Crown Prince. He served in the last war with distinction as officer in the King's Hu?sar?, and probably during the campaign the seeds of his illness were sown. The distress of the Chancellor at the loss of Count Wend, to whom he was much attached, is said to have been very great. On Sunday he visited with his daughter the deceased, and was wuh difficulty removod from the bier. By a sad coincidence, on the day of Count Wend'3 death nis cousin, Count Frederick zu Eulenburg, waa married toa Friulem Von Scbafer Jois, the daughter of a great i manufacturer, oniy lately ennoblod. The engagement i ] ot the young couple made a disagreeable sensation last summer among aristocratic circles on account of the bride being the child ot a parvenu. It i? even related that the officers of the Cardes du Corps, in which Count Eulenburg stands as lieutenant, pronounced their greatest di. pl'aaure at the intendid vuuMimnct and signified their imeutton to brenk ; off all intercourse with him. On Count Eulenburg's hearng of the.^e expressions he challenged several of his comrades. The affair came before the Court at Hanover, and only the personal Intervention of the Emoeror prevented a bloody duel. The wo nded pride of the regiment was satisfied by Count EuJcuburg's be ing removed a year Irom Berlin and commissioned to the riding s-hool in Men. Before entei log upon his new position he was received by the Emporor, who ex pressed his approval of the manly conduct displayed by him on that occasion. thk raiTHrcLwicss or ths cocst cannot be mui.h wondered at; for the young lady ho baa selected as bride is of unusual attractions, and be longs to the ornaments of Berlin society. The affair reflects but little credit on the social state of Germany. The unbearable pride ol the Imperial Body Guard, who unite all their edorta to expel from their ranks one of their number lor marrying a young lady inferior by birth, is more than ridiculous. one wouid have thought sorh prejudges of pedigree, which belong to the dar< times of the Middle Age*, would no more venture to appear in the enlightened nineteenth century. THE NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY. A meeting of the committed in charge of the ladies' recaption of the New England Society took place last evening at Delmonloo'S, in Fourteenth street. The business transacted was of a private character, and It was understood that the reception would uke place early next month. Ttie committe e cou?istcd of the fol lowing gentlemen :?D. F Appleton, J U Oaul, Rale in H Wales C. F Tiffanv, Klihu Root, Kn.erson Foot. O. y C Billings, W. I. Brevoort, <i. W. Cotterill, Charles Miller, A. G. Paine, Norman Pock and Allen W. E?art?. THE NEW FOIUJE. Columbia Collbgb, Dcc. 24, 18.5. to thi Editor or ths Ha*ai.i>:? After a few experiments on the so calif d new'y dis covered "ether c force" It seems that this can be satis factorily explained, ?inc? It is know* that, on making and break.ng a current, the coils ol the spiral of the spoei act inductively on each other and an Inverse extra current is produced. This current will gi?e sparks, decompose water, magnetize steel needles, kc., and its intensity is seventy live per cent of the princi pal current. But It is evident that the "discoverers of this force were not sufficiently acquainted with the errors likely to arise and the necessities of the case, as no means were even taken to avoid the action of the principal current. They had, probably, even forgotten the existence of l&is extra induced eurrcat, which, in any text book on electricity, Is shown to be the result of a disturbed electrical equilibrium produced ny the action of the Morse key ased. Unless their researches are accompanied with greater skill and delicacy the ? ?theric force" will still remain in futuri our Im proved method ol transmitting mesxage* PHYSICAL ST0DK*fT. THE METHODIST MINISTERS. TH? SYSTEM OF MJiTllDDlsM AMD IT8 PBACTI CAI. WOBKINOS?TBX OBAT NUNS AOAIN ? TH* CATHOLIC PBOTECTOBI ANl? THE HOUKB op befuob. Moutal recreatlou *n l Interchange of thought call together from week la week i large number of Metho dist ministers connected with the Now York, New York East and Newark, and Sometimes New Jersey conferences. Their discussions are unlike those of ail other ministerial bodies, in that the subject* consid ered are seldom of a purely denominational character. The Baptists have ministerial gatherings every week, which are rarely noticed outride their place ol meet 11* Ih I re-tby terians have a Pastoral Association, which meets also once a week, and a Presbytery which coo woes at least onco a monthaud sometimes oiteaor, besides, and the Episcopalians have their Church Conference once a month; but none ol the.e gatherings are noticed beyond thelrowu respectivespheros. Their own denominational papers even dismiss them with a brief paragraph. But with the Methodist preachers the case is altogether diflereut Their discuss.ons are of a more general character, and are presented without any ol the straitened formalities that are supposed to attach ud M "tl i |ootb?ir clerical bo4i.-s. In their make up the Mi thodists are very democratic. Ttiev how ever, do not let thoir political preferences Interfere with -in, I enJpymeaU at their Moudsy morning gatherings. ?ertaiuly l1"1 oot 'et them dltulilsh the zest with which they drank in every word that Dr. Keut'l the 1 residing Elder ol the New York District of the New York Ea.-IConference, bad to say tt> them yesterday verv ''ere 7 1.1" T PUrel> u,,norn"??tioual. though of very great interest to niuo-tenths of the Methodist thsm h'" th \ U"d' 11j0 Doct0' nought to Show them how the democratic ,K, i I-NUKl'KN1":Nt" UK Tit* LOCAL PUCRCHRS might he made to harmonize with the uuitv of tho , ^uctic.-s have growu up in late ye^s ferJuJ,S?*1 KJ"sc?l):?i Church witch were entirely fore gn to the system ol Methodist* as founded by " Wley and his coadjutors. And uot tie least ollensivo and divisive ol these is that of local ichurches calling fhl!? ?|WU piust0? an,J making such arrangements a! they pleaso without reference to th? wants of other churches in the district or in the Conference to which ? wn ?nS' h L1"3 l""00** cJl(?ue'' i>f ministers have . i^ hi P 01 around for high^nced churchos, mann. r t of chnrchc? wl'? fa around in lik^ If^fi L high-priced ministers. St that under these practices it has come to pass that a minister may pass his cntiro pusioral, life between three or lour churches. And there are some ministers who so manage and manipulate things that Jf,tr"ever ,1HPP<-'n to get a salary Ifss than $;;,oou or $J.oOO a year, though there may not &e more than ball a dozen congregations in a given Contyonce able to pay thai sum. lhere Is a member of th<i preachers'meeu jig wuo has sp-nt two pastoral terms with a church in this vicinity, and, if wo mistake not. Is now niluiK the second or thirdterm with a church ^Connecticut with which he has alternated. Of course, tU churches must *!f arrangement as wM7 as the minister But the evil is none tho less oppressive upon tno churches who, under the systim ol Methodism as it is g.ven in the books and as it was resitted yesterday by Dr. Kettell, aro entitled to good breaching and to other pa.--tors, who are alto deserving ol largo salaries ,*ri"*, ,ey.'!0 UOt r.c.ce'Vu because ol Hie manipulations of their brethren, Hence it has comedo pass that Hie high-salaried preachers and churches In our large cities clamor for 6 ? A "ORB KXTKWDED I-ASTOBiTK than three years, the present limit, while the low priced churrhes and pastors favor a return to one vear or two years' pastorales, as of old. Eor with" the shorter pastorates their chance* for advancement are measurably increased. It has also cotoo "o ~ tSat an opposition has been raised and an outcry mado against the 1 residing Eldership on thd nominal ground ol the expensivcness of this so-called ijith wheel to the Methodist coach. The real ground, however, is prob ably that the presiding elders seek to equalize the alent and the compensation ol the minsters as well as the burdens of the churches. By Dr. Ketteil's putting of this matter yesterday the expentiven.-ss of tho eldership in the New York East Conf?rence, to which the Doctor belongs, has no lorce whatever as an areti menu .There arc about 40,000 church members In the Conference, and the average cost ol the eldership (live) for tho past y, ar was thirty cents pef member. The missionary collections average $1 t member, and all the other local and conncctional benevolent collec tions, including the support of tho preiidini; ciders il more. So that $2 per member was th? average cost of the system oi Methodism to the Now Y?rk East Conlt-r ence last year. This Is certainly not a very expensive system, and yet It is creating enemien lor Itacif jU all our large cities. As the Doctor maintained yesterday, the burden tails upon comparatively few person's becanse thesystcm which would equalize It is violated.' The Doctor was quite witty at nmej at the expense of editorial and other critics of his ouu offlce and order. At the previous meeting a committee was appointed J? ?^P*r?t? wilb the Presbytenans in their hostility to the KJray Nun' legislation. To thai committee wui added yesterday Dr.lt WheaUey. an4 lor their con sideration there was referred also the law passed bv the last Legislature, which gave m?giHtra?-s the right to send vagrant children to ihe deootuinatiana! institutions whose creed they may proles This measure, as Dr W heatley said, his already crowded the Catholic Pro tectory and almost depleted tb* oops* or aarn.i ? aajiBALt't wla*d. u obJec'cfJ ^ Ul" *" * *** breaking up thei House of lteluga and I . i p .. ej ine children under the care ol that - ... ... -? w.inmg makes h^irt'nT .h, J. J ' ' r% to take bold of this subject, tt rmu. MeiLoJi?ts aro on one side of It and Human 'ail .i<? uo the other, ind neither are capable of treating a u it should be treated. Dr. Wheatley gave -the ratling Sun" and the uitRALD an uncomplimentary advertisement, and de niod that Methudists were making aggressive war upon any Church or creed or polit.caJJparty. and particularly not upon the Roman Catholics. That Church, however needs watching, and they mean to watch it. The com mittee are to report on the whole subject next Monday morning. ' A despatch from Mrs. Emley, of Staten Island an pounced that her grandfather, the venerable Esther lioehrn, now in his lolst yoar and the oldest minister in America, perhaps in the world, is dyln^. THIRD TERM METHODISTS. THE PBEACHXRS' MEETING AT BOSTON YESTER DAY?BKOTHKB HIOH ASSUMES A MILITANT ATTITUDE AGAINST THE SINNERS OF THE PRESS. Bostox, Mass., Dec. 27, 1875. The Methodist preachers of Boston and vicinity, not withstanding the matter is still uppermost in their minds, still manage to avoid an open and deliberate discussion of that third term subject recently precipi tated upon them by Bishop Haven. At tho regular meeting held to day a motion was made that the part referring to the attempt made a w<-ek ago to dis cuss the third term be eras-d as unimportant. This Idea, nowev. r, was repugnaut to a m jority of the ministers present, and :he record was not changed At this point Rev. William C. Hiyh made a deelara tion t!,at It was outrageous that the meeting should be so broadly traduced by the press of the country as it had recently been, and he moved the appointment of s committee to dr.iw up a paper stating the views of the meeting ou the matter. Several of the brethren spoke in substantial agreement with Brother High's denuncia tion. but appeared to think they hud better let "the miserable press b>ar their own sin. and go on thejr w iv witnout learor Isvor." The motion lor a committee was laid on the table. Another motion to exclude reporters was ma le but tna Rev. Mark 1'rafton ted others ppoke stro'ncJr against the motion, and it was Ion by a largo majority. "FATHER" BOEIIAI ~DYING. The venerable Henry Eoebm, patriarch oftheMeibodist Chun h snd tbe o'.d>-st clergyman 111 the world, Is now on hl.s deathbed, at tho residence of bis granddaugh ter, near Richmond, S. I. He removed thither from the residence of his daughter, In Jersey City, during j the summer, having been sufiering from erysipelas of the eyes. The excitement consequent on his centcn n.al celebration at Jersey t ty, on the Jth of last Jane, prostrated h m. H:s piiy^iclan advised repose a id retirement, and he wis restored to moder-itely good health. On the 12th nst. he undertook to preach In the villafi chMtTch, and wa.~ attacked wrb a revere cold which compelled blm to tako to bis bed. Medical attendance was anavainng, and he sank gradually. ) Yesterday his lamllv physician, l)r Hadden, oi Jersey City, was stmmoBed to h:s bedside, and t-ne aged pu Heat was subjected to a tedious and pa.nlul operation ' fir aa affection of the kidney* He bore his sufferings with remarkable fortitude. !"hi re was a hriet Inter val of relief Irom thrre to lour o'clock In tftM alternoon. which insp red a favorable hope. | Hla physical condition to debilitated, however, that i his (loath s looked lor at any moment rie converses freely with hi* amily, and when happroaching end watt spoken ot he raised bi- hands and gasped out some- 1 thinu about go,ng to his borne. Dur.ttg tlie past year 1 he has frequen Ijr prophesied thai this would be his | luat in the journey here beiow, and ibat then he would go yonder .poiw.n:* upward) !o till borne. 11 wan hoped that he would live to participate in the centen nial of bis country, wlf.ch ts younger than he, but that h p* will soon be dispel't Dr. r^Jgar is constantly in attendance upon him. ST. MICHAEL'S CHUBCH. It la proposed to open a building in the neighborhood of Thirty ninth street and fbsrd avenue and to be called by the above name. It is to be occupied by the congregation who worshipped in a public hall, No. 6A7 Third avenue, over which the Rev. D. M. McCaffrey will preside, *iio will give his service free. The ex pvr.i-o- of its maintenance will be $2,800 per annam. Hi pews will be free to the poor. It will worship onder the Liturgy and in communion of the f'rotesunt Kpis eopal Church. An appeal is made to all who, either by nationality or sympathy, are bound to the enterpria?. COLLEGE OP THE CITY OP NEW YORK. The claws of 1869 of the College of the City of New York will hold the class supper Uils evening ai ctieg. hortner's, No 32 Ijtfayclle place. The ??Baby Cup" will fee awarded. TELE TillRD AVENUE BANK THE OOtTBT PltOl KKDlNQa TKHTEUDAT?AN IM POllTANT POINT Ot LAW INTBODUOBP DI TUB DEFENCE. The ?>i*uiinalion ia the cue of the Third AveauA Bank tratMi'i, on tb?i charge of perjury, wa? to have been reauuied yesterday at tho Kilty ninth .Street Polio* Court, in so far as the cane >>f T. W. Docker was con cerned, which it being investigated independent of the other*. As soon as Judgo Duffy assumed bis seat on the bench Mr Clinton, the counsel for Mr. Decker, rone from his scat and stated that before the proceeding* were commenced he bad a motion to make. He said, "Wo had intended to go Into soma evidence tor the defence in this case, not necessarily for the defence of Mr. Decker, but lor the purpose of the vindication of bis character. Considering, however, the circum stances of the case and the valuable time of the Court, It has been deemed advisable that the motion I am about to make should be presented. Mr. Decker up to Ibe year 1873 was not conueoted with the bank and was not even a depositor; he was importuned by others to accept office; he did accept the position of trustee on the representations tbat were made to him that the bank was solvent; the bank superintendent subsequently examined the bank and reported it to be sound; this wi?s in 1873. Mr. Decker, alter having held tho Presidency for one year, retired in January, 1874, his business requiring his attention; during the time Mr Decker was connccted with the bank ho never received a dollar for bis services, and never made any claim therefor. If there was any error it arose in his desire to help others, by this I menu the depos itors. The real trouble arose from certain loans which were made by his predecessors on which losses oc curred. He did not stop to criticize tbeir action, but accepted their statements as true. The result of the ac tion of the former officers was a run, during which millions of securities were sold at a sacrifice. Anyone knowing Mr. Decker will perfectly understand that he would on no accouut engage himself in any transaction not perfectly upright. His experience was not in banking business but In a branch of commorco totally different. "1 had intended to go into other proofs in order to justify Mr. Decker, for his life has been one of spotless integrity, but I have concluded that it is hardly worth while to occupy the tiuio of the Court in this regard, simply for the sake of spreading on the records of the court facts that can bo made known In other ways sufficiently that they will reach bis friends. 1 should have made the motion I now propose some time since, but I was desirous that tho prosecution should put iu all their facts. We desired to draw them out, and if any explanation was required we were ready to give it. The prosecution was instituted under chapter 136 of tho Laws of 1867, aud were it necessary I could show by the evidence already ad duced that no case has been made out. Howevor, it is sufficient to say that tho statuie baa been abolished, and it Is a well established fact that wlieti a statute is abolished and no saving clause has been introduced in the new enactment, it is precisely tho saino as though no statute was ever enacted, unless undor the repealing acts the offences aro kept alive. This bus been dccided by the Court of Appeals. The repealing act in this ca?e was parsed May 12, 1675, aud by its proviMons the statute of 1857, under which this prosecution is brought, was repealed, lor it docs not pruvido for the prosecution of any offence* committed under the old law, which it dis tinctly abrogates, but simply provides in so many words for oil'enccs committed alter the passage of this act," Mr. Clinton here recited a number of instances In support of his argument, among which were those of Mrs. Hartung, the murderess; rfhepard, the forger, and Carsell, in which cases laws had been passed even sub sequent to their trial, but which repealed previous laws under which they rial been convicted, and where they bad to be discharged from process simply becauso tho law under which they were convicted was not kept alive by a saving clause. In tho case of the mur der law, that has bceu always kept alivo by a saving clause, which not only provided for cases yet untried but still in abeyance, but also for cases subsequent to the passage of the law itself. Mr. Clinton here went into an elaborate argument substantiating his theories, reciting judgments of the Supreme Court and of the Court of Appeals, Anally closing his remarks by moving that the case be dis missed, on the ground (hat tbe'law under which tho warrmnts were obtained hud been repealed. Mr. Fitch, on behalf of the prosecution, suggested that inasmuch as he had been taken by surprise that an adjournment should be had and that before the next examination lie should be allowed to put in his points as against Mr. Clinton's argument. After some discussion on both sides this course was agreed to and an adjournment was had until Monday next, when tho Judge is to render hu decision on tho poinus raised. CUSTOM HOOSE AFFAIRS. This afternoon the report will be made to Deputy Collector Phelps of tho appraisement of the baggage seized from Mr. Hirsch, of Market street, Philadelphia, recently a passenger on the Cunard steamship Russia from Liverpool. All the Custom House officials, nota bly the inspectors, take great interest in the disposition of this case, as it U the ttrst capture under the Treasury order requiring passenger declarations ami which has been in lorue tor the past four mouths. The appraise ment of the goods will bo about $:t,000, the duties on the silks lor dress sixty per cent and cottons thirty five per cent, making an averago of. say, forty-five per cent on the bulk of the seizure. Ibe Collector told a Hsralo reporter (hat he considered the offence of Mr. ILrscb to bo legal perjury, as he had sworn knowingly to a raise declaration, and tie (the Collector) looks upou passengers' sworn declarations as Custom House entries. The officials in the Custom House interested in the pass ing of passengers are pleased with the agitation of the Hirsch matter, hoping that upon its decision they can know whether Custom House oaths of passengers are supposed to mean anything or nothing. The evidence against Hirsch is made much stronger by his having endeavored to bribe Inspectors Kafan and Crowell with a thirty and tiion a hundred dollar offer. The Secretary of the Treasury is said to bo much interested in this case. APPOixT**vrs. Among the recent appointment* In the Custom House may be mentioned Mr. W. H. Lockwood's. a well known republican, aa clerk and acting deputy collector for re ceiving passengers' oaths. .Mr. J. A. Kain has been promoted from night watchman to inspector, and Mr. W. Groco, who was recently relieved from duty upon the reduction of the staff, has been reappointed. ALABAMA STATE BONDS. Mr. W. H. Hays, chairman of tho Alabama bond holders In New York, has prepared an important com munication to the Stato Commissioners in regard to the aujustment of tho State debt of Alabama. He takes the ground thit the State can pay more than Is promised In the recently published plan of the Commissioners, and claims that the avernges of Interest to Jaly, 1876, ?liould not be sacrificed. The direct Indebtedness of tho .State, according to this communication, is $14,718,178, from which f2,580,000 are deducted, which are either improperly inserted in the statement or are piaccd at an exaggerated or excessive valuation. This leaves the balance of $12,132,178 as the total direct debt. The following arc the ltcaoc^cu or thk state. Taxation of three-quarters of one per ceut on $1.r>9,000,000, tliu assessed valuo of prop erty, produces $1,1!M,4.''.6 License tux SO. 000 Total $1,274,438 From which must be ueducted:? Expenses oi collection 105,000 Insolvenc ies and error 110,000 Lands bid in by the State 46,000 $220,000 Tota' $1,064,436 Expanses of State government as per report oi Auditor to Constitutional Com eutiou.... $265,000 Total $739,436 Thus the State is abundantly able to pay interest on $1J, 1^178, the total debt at the rate of five per cent, which would be $606,tf<)8, leaving a clear balance of $182,827 at its command for extraordinary and special purposes if any such should arrive. rue following propositions are submitted by the New York bondholders:? That new bonds should be Is-sued to them for the face of existing bonds, payable in thirty years, with interest from July 1, 1S76, at three per cent lor three years, and interest at the rate of live per cent for the remaining twenty soven sears. In respect to letereat due on or before Jnty 1, 1876, that the State should issue bonds for this indebtedness, payable in thirty years, with interest at the rate of four per cent, to conmeace Ave years from the date thereof. That this is entirely practicable ful:y appears (rem the statistics: ? Net revenue of State $789,436 Interest on $12,132,178 at three per cent. 363,066 Total $426,470 Tins sum in three yean aggregates $]L275.412. which would lesve a surplus in the treasury or $276,412 after tho payment of the $1,000,000 of old State certlficatea NEWSBOYS' FESTIVAL. ( The newsboys of tho Eleventh ward held a festival at the Newsboys' Home In East Eleventh street, last evening. About seventy-flve boys were assembled In | the schoolroom of the Institution. A number of visitors were present, among whom were distinguished 1 representatives of the Bar and Press. Several hymns were sung by the boys, and then their Christmas dinner was brought In and every boy had his 011 of tor key, i potatoes, turnips and cranberry 6?ijco, winding up I with pie, eoffeo and candy. Such a feast the poor little | urehinsonly gtttwiee ayear(on Thansgivingand Christ mas), and their enjoyment ot the good things was very evident. Flannel slnrta were distributed to the boys sfter they adjourned up stairs. These were given by the Influence of Judge Vsn Vorst. After the dinner there were songs by \ r. Harrison, the music teacher of the school, and i<y tno boys. Speeches were made by Judge V?n Vorst, Mr. Dupuy, Mr. James and others. After this there was an old folks' concert, given by some boys snd girls from the Industrial School, which pleased the boys very much, so that thmr enthusiasm could hardly be restrained wlth n bounds; but on the S whole their behavior was admirable and speaks well for ' the traiuinc tbar receive at the Institution THK [IllID CHIYAI.IT. Arrival of the Swatara at Para, Brazil. HER WELCOME BY THE "REFUGEES." Failure of the Scheme of Ameri can Colonization. THE EMPEROR'S VISIT. Para, Doc. 3, 1875. The United States steamship Swatara arrived la this port on the Mth of November. The wharves were crowded wiih spectators as she sailed by Fort do Barrha into the harbor, and several American vessels lying lit anchor quickly hoisted their colors In recogni tion of tho tlag Dying at her stern. The arrival of so large a man of war in this remote port ia an event of lively interest and excitement, and the ?10lh of Novem ber was a sort of gala day for the residents. Salutes were tired and the Consulate was visited by many anxious inquirers. HISTORY or THE SBTTLRRS. Perhaps no more genero?s act has marked these days or reconciliation, this era of recognition of a com moo nationality, which has outlived the asperities of civil war, than tile souding of a government vessel to a point distant some *,000 miles lor the purpose of bring ing back to their own land voluntary exiles. In order to understand thoroughly the status of these people we must go back to war times. At the close of "our late unpleasantness" quito a large number of peo ple from the disaffected Stales, unwilling to sub mil to tho results of the struggle, cast about for an abiding place. Among the wealthy some few chose a residence on tho other side of the Atlantic. A few of those obliged to gain a livelihood by their own exer tions migrated to Mexico, but the larger number i'eund their way to Brazil. It is not singular that Brazil should have commended Itself to those would-be refugees. The well known liberal policy of the present Emperor, Dom Pedro II., bad at an early date manifested itself la hi3 desire to pro mote foreign, and ospccially American, emigration. Under his patronage a society lortned for the purpose of giving encouragement thereto hastened to paint In the brightest colors tho attractions of Brazil, adding thereto the moro solid Inducements of lreo passage and grants of land, llow dazzling was the prospect to theso malcontents 1 Before them lay a laud, vast in extent, rich in precious stones, possessing a fertile soil, tilled by tho same slave labor to which they had become ac customed. It is not surprising then, that, gathering to gether their goods and chattels, taking with them their wives and children, full of hope of making new homes and gaining great fortunes, some 600 citizens of the Southern States should have sought this modern ?1 Dorado. On arrival In Brazil the settlers naturally sougnt va rious localities and divers employments, tho majority, however, turning to agriculture or the raising of cattle. In this manner grew up several American settlements. 6ARTARKM. The largest and most successful colony was estab lished at Santarera, on the banks of the Amazon Iliver, some 500 miles from the sea. The town is the most populous on tho Amazon, Para excepted, and yet lias only some 3,000 Inhabitants, so sparsely settled Is this section of Brazil Tho Rio Tapajos, one of the main tributaries ef the Amazon, effects a Junction with that river at Santarem. Running through a thousand miles of country, many of Its products naturally And thoir way to Santarem. These, added to the trade coming from the Upper Ama zon, give the place quite an export business, especially In cocoa and rubber. The climate is dolightful and tho surrounding country, though not especially fertile, is woll adapted lor cocoa plantations as well as for the raising of cattle. The original American settlement at Santarem comprised 160 persons, but in the course of a few years tho number so rapidly diminished that by 1868 only seventy-five of the original number remained. Tho fact ts the emigrants rapidly tired of tbeir new country, and it we ci?dil the common report tha country quite as quickly tired of them. Ihat some of the settlers could not have been lacking In either Industry or perseverance is evident from their buccsss In new undertaking*, more particularly tho making of butter and the growing of sugar cane. On their tables was spread tho first butler ever made In tho province of Para, it having boon always previously believed that tho milk was of loo poof a quality for lis production. Prior to their arrival, too, It had been the practice for years to send to Para for sugar; but those Southern gentlemen havo proved that the cane can be grown as successfully In Brazil as in Louisiana; that though less sweet and less Juicy, It will, without cultivation or transplanting, yield for ten or twelve years. Some few of the settlors als? met with marked success In raising tapioca and cassnea (Brazilian rum). Tha teneral success of tho party had been rucb, however, that on the arrival or tho Swatara it was lound that they had availed themselves of such oppor tunitiea as circumstances bad thrown in tlioir ?ay, and had-so generally returned to the United States, that but lour indigent American citizens could be found wuhln a radius of soma fifty miles from Para; the e being entirely of one family, who, for personal rea-ons, did not wish to avail Uiemseives of the opportunity, me Swaiara's mission was ended. It may nol bo aml-jj hero to state that this is the third government ves-ol which has been despatched ou this char.labia ser I vice. , ... Some flflv odd refugees were transported to the I mted States in 1868 in the irigste Guerriere, and soma few months afterward the United states steamer yuinn^ baug was ordered "to touch at certain porta in Hraztl" for the same purpose, and likewn-e brought back to the United States a party or tbirty-teven roiugees. COUNSKL TO WOl'Lb-HR SSTTLKRS. Thus concludes the history of American ernigrat.ou to i Rrazil. That the endeavor lias beeu most unsuccessful must be conceded. But that the country Is. indeed, wouderfully endowed by nature, all who have ever spent any time therein will bear willing testimony. Perhaps no description that has been disseminated is an exaggeration of lis auractious; perhaps, loo, those who made the endeavor wera not fitted to act as pioneers in a new land. Yet it may bo safely said, so numerous are tho drawbacks, that the same amount of labor. Intelligence and capital will yield lar more satis factory results in onr own land. Hera the emigrant must contend against climatio influences, ignorance of the language, a* well as against the prejudices and habits of the people. Innumerable ftnloi or holi days bresk in upon h*s prearranged plans; the natural dilatorine*s of the people, never will!Bg to do promptly anything whicb tan bo postponed, is an ever constant source of annoyance; his efforts for prompt action are invariably met by a shrug of tho shoulders, with its accompanying manafia ;to morrow). Tha climate, though generally healthy, is enervating beneath the tropical sun. The Anglo-Saxon seems to lose much offals natural energy, and rather lo assimilate In some respects to the character of the natives?Intermarriage, paucity ol numbers, abecr.ce of books and infrequent hearing of his own language ail seeming to contributu to that result. Nor is this alL The native has few wants and but small desire to accumulate wealth. If his income be i small his wants are proportionate; hence it happens thst the colonist, even it able to prove superior to ob stacles, finds his actual exponsos lo be lour.old those of his Brazilian neighbor. Commercial ventures in the larger ctnea lor persons possessing capital would prob ably prove more successful: but the rich are not 1 ordinarily the seekers in distant lauds foi increase of fortune The best teid unquestionably la thai which is presented to the civil en gineer. All projects of an engineering character, I including such lew achemea tor mortal i Improvement as do exist, are aiinoat exclusively is ihe i hands of Knglith or Americans. The lew railroads 1 which exist, as well ss the atreet passenger cars, * here we are lucky enough to find them, have be^n built by ; and are under lha superintendent* of foreigner*. It ia | not desired, however, to present affairs in a partial light ; lo lha young engineer, li would be well, therefore, lor h.m to remember that the building of a railroad in 1 Braul Is a matter of no ordinary occurrence. WhaA ever evils may have brought about ihe preaenl unfortu nate condition of the finances, "over-railroading" is not of the number. The most unfortunate depositor cer tamly will nol attribute the recenl failure of Uie Back or Brazil to the Indorsement of the louds of "wild cat road*" To bring the matter home, in North America three railroads are under construction uniting the At lantic and Pacifio. In South America this endeavor has yet to bo made, notwithstanding the lacl that the dis tance between Valparaiso and Buenos Ayres Is only 800 mi lea rug usjtsd statu Tim mrtntiL ookjurcial rAHTxi* or uiiik Information gleaned from various publications, per sonal intercourse with foreigners and natives luring a year's residence In South America, bave led to the above conclusions. Bnt another consideration Is like wise apparent?vix., tbe great advantage which would accrue 10 the Unitod Slates from an increase of our commerce with BraziL A glanoe at the exporta of the latter country will show us that they consist mainly coffee, cacao, hldea, oopaiba, dy^atons, nnts and rubber. All of these aro articles that we require and must Imiiort. Our ex|>orie to Brazil at the present I time include Oour, hardware, various agricultural im | plumeiiut. ciioit v bass, various prodtcu ot rubber, Ac. Theae, likewise, are staple articles, which, if evor pr? duoed in Braxil, will certainly not be for iiutuj yearn to cunts With our immense crop# at cereals and large manufacturing interest*, u would seem u if this trade could bo tiicreaaa* almost indeBnitely. The only competitor fle|4 U Great Britain, and with ua reals the advauta#e of tion; though the diaunce from the English Channel u 1'ara la ahorter than that from M, w York to the sanu point, our position enables ua to take the more advaa. lageous route, gaining thereby flyo days, which is abtfftl one sixth ol the entire time consumed on route. *Th? advantage likewise rests with ua in the case of vesseli bound to porta further south?auch a* Pernambuoa llahia and Itio do Janeiro. With the development m South America, h iwever, the greater number 01 iU products must tind their way to the roast by ttio watfr courses. Ear away u'-wtlie.jffUSjtfrjJ *W(,'witW5? sixty miles, ' 0i the Paoiflv Ocean, rises the Amazon-B^er; tin-nee it rune, watering twithirds of i*eru, three-fourths of Ecuador, one-half ol Bolivia, one lourtb of Venezuela, three-fourths ol Brasii. Before reaching Para It has drained some <!, .>00,OM square miles. Thu Amazon, then, ia the natural outlet lor the product* of nil of theso couutries, and uow thai tho liberal policy of the present Emperor hus throws open to the tings of all nations this vast yet unde veloped region, what exhaustleos wealth, In limber, fruit, medicinal plants, guiua and dyeatuflfe, will uliim ately be emptied into Uie lap of the Atlantic. OONTKMPI.ATKI) VISIT Of till 8MPKKOR. It la to be hoped that an endeavor to grasp this op portunity may be speedily made, and in the meanwhile the Onitod States should extend a cordial welcome to Ikirn l'edro 1L during bis stay In America. Ttioy should proffer a kindly greeting to the first represent alive of royalty who has recognised the importance ol our (Jecitenoial by Qia Intention of being present?U> tho first crowned head who, in nines of prosperity, has ever sought to vtait a republican land ?and lei us hopa, too, thai he may return to Bnuil behoving in the (at ore of a nation who.se past numbers but a hundred years. MISSIONS IN AJT1UCA. CHUBCH WOKK IN THK UXt NYA8.SA TKSKP> TORY?THB SLAVE THADK AT ZANZIliAK ?NO MKWS FBOM STANUET. To THH Editor or tub Loitdo.v Timjm:? Sir?The mall from Zanzibar brings intelligence uhiott may Interest your readers. 1 lake the following items from private letters addressed to myself. Mr. K. D. Young, K. A., In command of the Living stonla (Scotch) Mission to Lake Nyassa, dates his letter from Mazaro, on the river Zambesi, the 17th of August. All wad well with bun and his party. If one excepts the vexatious lo-b of a great deal of personal luggage through the capsizing ol a boat. Mr. Young was rejoiced to llud that there were no rumors of native wars ahead ol huu on tho Shire. The llala steamed graudly, aud he antici pated a rapid passago. From Zanzibar I regret to say tho Intelligence con cerning the Universities' Mission is very distressing. The already heavy list of deaths is swelled by that of Miss Marsh, who died of fever at tho houso ot tne Consul General, being attended to tho last by Mrsi Kirk. Bishop Steore had set out for Lake 'tf.va.sga overland. Ho was compelled to go alone, of In* original party, composed ot Messrs. Jaiuos, BeardaU and Bellvilie, not on- was left with him. Tho Rev. OL A. James returned Iroui Lindy to Zanzibar in a des perate state, and it would appear that but for the unre mitting kindness and attention of the officers and doctors on board Her Majesty's ship London he must have succumbed. He is now on his way to England, via the Capo, in cbargo ot Mr. Bellvilie, and the great est anxiaty is fell for him. Mr. BeardaU was also out of health, and obliged, in consequence, to remain al Zanzibar. Respecting the landing of tho Khedive's troops on the Somauli coast to lite north, mingled opinions pre vailed. The slave traders of Zanzibar were In ecsta cies, foreseeing a great trade In their particular chattels. It has been pointed oat from time to tuua that Somauli Land is in all probability about the dues! country in East Africa, and the gradual development ol the territory has created an immense demand (or slaves, who, to avoid our treaty regulations, are marched along tho coast. The slavers are clever enough to see that any further steps in the direction of Kgyptian colonization and trade will doublo these demands. Annoyance Is felt correspondingly by such of the Europeans at Zanzibar as are in dread ol a groater stimulus to the tralllc la slaves. The Egyptian plea, no doubt, Is that It becomes a geographical necessity to drive a "day level," as miners would say, into Kast Africa, in order to tap the lake regions, instead of trav elling the whole length of tho river tfile, and a glance at t'io map confirms this. The presence ot Colonel Lon, (?o well known in connection with the explora tion ol Lake Victoria Nyassa) at the head of the Kbo dlve's expedition, would seem to give color to the ploa. No tueution is made in any of these letters of intelli gence concerning either Mr. Stanley or Lieutenant Cameron, R. tf. 1 am, sir, your obediont servant, HORACE WALLKK. Twtwku. Rkctort, Thrapston, December 14. ARRIVAL OF UNITED STATES TROOPS. The United States transport General Meade arrived yesterday from Fort Barrancas and Key West, bring ing the otllcers and men of the First artillery, who have been stationed South for the past three years, aud were relieved a fortnight ago by tlio Fifth artillery. Before leaving tho steamer the officers presented a tes timonial to Captain Foote, expressing their apprecia tion of his courtesy ana capability as a commander. The General Meade experienced good weather aud made the run from Key West in Your days. The officers j arid men of the First artillery leave to-day for Korta Warren and Independence, Boston Harbor; Fort Trum bull, Now London, and Platuburg, where they will be stationed. THE BATTLE OF TRENTON. CEI.EBBATION OP THK NINETY-NINTH ANNIVKB BAliX YESTKUDAY? PAiiTlCL'LAilB Of THE SHAM JIGHT. Trk.vtox, N. J., Dee. 27, 1876. The ninety-ninth anniversary of the battle of Tren ton was celebrated here to day by a sham tight, In which about 1,000 men, equipped and uniformed In various grotesque and olden time costumes, took part. Tho opposing armies wi re known as the Continentals and the Hessians. The former were commanded by General Washington (Captain Peter Wilkes) and the latter by Colonel Rahl (Abijah Anderson). Each com toauder bad his usual statf, dressed in accordance with the unitorm worn a century ago. The troops mustered at their respective quarters shortly after seven o'clock in the morning and commenced to march for the various points of at tack about one hour afterward. General Washington, with his attachment, moved on the city from the north at half-past nine o'clock, driving in the Hessian pickets and proceeding through the centre of the city, keepiug up a bri.'lc tiro in the meanwhile. The Hessians re treated toward the Aesanpink Creek before the advance of Washington, where their retreat was cut off by another detachment of the Continentals, and were com pelled to surrender. The movements, detours, man<i;u vres und evolutions of the troops were much idmired, and the display altogether was cr.ditablo. The streets ! aiokg the route ol' ihe battle were jammed with people, and the housetops, w udows and porches were occupied by cnihu.iiastic crowds, the fair sex being very conspicuous, not withstanding the murky air and muddy condition of the thorough fares. Thou sands o>'strangers witnessed the display ami all seemed highly entertained. As soon as tho battle was over the troops were regaled wtth refreshments bounteously supplied by the liberality of the citizens. No accident happened, no drunkenne-s was visible aud everything parsed of! quietly, peacefully aud good humoredly. In the afternoon a mass meeting was held at Taylor Hall, where speeches were made by General Rusltug, Judge Buchanan, W. H. Barton, Colonel J. R. Freese and ex Mayor Fraukliu S. Mills. The subjects ?poken to, of course, were patriotic, and the manner and method of elocution wero soul stirring, ringing and animating. The rapid progress of tho Republic tor the lest century was warmly eulo gized and the success of the Centennial celebration was almost guaranteed. A One band of music was In at tendance, which at Intervals discoursed sweet ami pa triotic aira. The celebration was a marked Improve ment on that given la?t year, and It will not soon be forgotten. WAR ON BROOKLYN WHISKEY. Yesterday the band of detectives in tho employ of the "Brooklyn Temperance Christian Brotherhood of i Churches" reported the result of their labors on the Sabbath to the Board of Police and Excise Commis sioners This organization, which has been in exist ence for several weeks, under the leadership ot Captain Oliver Cotter, who is a convert to temperance, having kept a liquor t-aloon on Fulton avenue for years, on Sunday detected sixteen places selling strong drink, cbieUy on Fulton, Myrtle, Park, Flushing and Portland avenues. The Sunday previous they toaud twenty-oue I,censed dealers violating tho law. All these cases are prosecuted, and. If prov. n, lbs license Is revoked. It ib us becomes an object to Uie saloon keepers to be on the alert. The latter have, throngb their protective society, Issued rose-colored cards bearing the tiamp or the Union to a corps of deie< uvea whose duty it Is to follow Mr. Cot ter's party from the time be ieaves his house on Sun days till be returns. The ticket serves as a badge uf bflu e, and is at once recognised bv the 2,800 dealers as cane bi^nche to whatever refreshments they can af ford. It (k ilows that the crusaders are already dogged ' IB their mills, and tome amusing exploits !u dodging , are performed by the -'Brotherhood of Churches" in getting ahead and surprising their victims while in the I act of selling liquor in violation or the Sunday clause of the Excise law. Yesterday Cotter, who is a "special" pol:ee officer, arreated James Ryder, of No. 37 North Oxford street, as a "suspicious perron," for following i b m too persixtemly. The prisoner was released on surrendering his card and promising to reform. SEIZURE OF A CROOKED STILL. Yesterdsy afternoon a ptsse of United States officers, under Marshal Harlow and Deputy Collector Jacobs, made a raid on an Illicit whiskey still in Brooklyn. They found It in a small frame structure, adjoining Metis's foundry, on Thirteenth street, near First avenue. They broke open the doors, which they found fastened and bolted. The stills were located In the rear of the building. One of the stills was running, though no ! body was on ihe premises A 600 gallon whiskey tub, two tubs of 4,000 gallons capacity, two tubs of 2,0110 gallons, one worm tub which will bold 1,'inu gallons tnd ! several barrels of molasses worn secured Three officers i were left in chares at the nraaaiM*