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The Counting of Votes for President
and Vice President.
Ii Gentleman from Buncombe on the
Floor of the House.
Report of the Conference Committee on the
3.ti? District Boodi.
Washington, March IS, 1878.
A number of petition* were presented and appropriately
On motion o! Mr. Morton, (rep.) of lnd., the Senate
took up the bill to provide Tor and regulate tlio counting
of vole* for President and Vice President.
Mr. Mayard, (d<-tn.) of Del., briefly addressed the
Senate In oppoattiou to the b 1L
Mr. Morrju., (rep.) of Vi, obtained leave to Introduce
a bill to remove trom the street* of Washington
trio tracks ol all railroads using steam power, und a
memorial of citizens accompany the bill, lteierrcu
to the Committee ou 1'ublic Uuildiuga und Urouuda
Mr. Mokto* said the bill providing for the counting
of votes (or President and Vico President, now before
tho Senate, presented three linpoitant changes from
the old method, which he proposed to point out, Ybe
bill provides lor debate or explanation while the vote
was being counted. It provides against tho disfranchisement
ul any of the States, and It provides that
the voto of every Stale shall be counted.
Mr. Eaton, (Jem.) of Conn, said that the second
section of tho bill provided tbat the returns (rom such
Slate shall bo counted which the two houses, acting
separately, shall decide to bo the true and valid return,
and asked what would bo the etrect II the House decided
that one set of returns were correct aud tho
Kenute decided that another sot was correct lu a case
where there were two sets of returns iruiu one Stale.
Mr. Morton replied that in such a c??e us that tho
vote of tho State would fall to the ground und the
Male would loso its vote, lor there was no outside
inbuual constitutionally qualified to decide the matter.
Mr. ltoiTWBLL, of Massachusetts, said he had nut the
lailh in the wisdom ol the hill Ihul tho Chairman (Mr.
Morion) had, although ho should probuhly vote lor the
hill, lie did not assume that the Vico President had
any other duty to periorm than simply to open the
returns. For ueorlv a c elilurv the old * imtliod hail
been iu usu under llie constitution, ami it was not possible
Tor Congress to dclegulo It to u court or anybody
Mr. Tin rmax, (dein ) of Ohio, sunl It was time
that soiuo such measure as that should l>o
adopted, tor tio could easily foresee that tho
rotes of Status might some tiino be thrown
nit to uuch au extent as to plunge the country Into
anarchy and rebellion. 11 could not liappcu once Iii a
thousand times that the Vice Presidi nt would not
iliotr just what i ackage of returns couiuius the votes
si his particular party, and he could pick that up and
jpou It. It was through his (Mr. Ihurmaii's) solicitation
that tho Senator from Indiana introduced the
iccond section ol the hill, uml he considered it iioccstary.
If any Senator could devise any better plan he
would be glad to bear it.
Mr. Whyts, (dein.) ol Md., said he would have it left
lust where our fathers and the constitution lelt it. He
held that the Vice ('resident had the right to decide
union was the correct set ol' returns. The two Houses
were present as witnesses of tho transaction. He
would not allow anybody to meddle with this mutter,
but be would much rather the llouso would do It than
the Senate. The House represented the people and
came (ruin the people every two years, while ibe Senate
did not; and he would proler to let them decide tho
uatler It It was to be changed at alL
' Mr. Cooi'kK, (dem ) of Tenin, entertained the sitno
opinion, and moved to aiueuil by adding after the words
''the two bouses acting separately shall decide to be the
true and valid return,'' the following words:?"And if
the two houses cannot agree, then the House ol ltepre*
senutuves, voting uy amies in tiui manner provided
by tin' cousinuiion. when tho election devolves upon
the House, shall decide to bo tho true and valid return."
Mr. Kkunax, (dem.) of N. V.. dissented from tho
Senator trom Maryland (Mr. Why to). Ho did uollhinlt
tho President pro tempore had the right to decide which
were tho true and valid returns, and ho did nut think
ilie constitution warrnntod such conclusion. It said
lie should open all tho returns and they should bo
sotinted. II any question should ever arise as has boon
Ipoken of, then ho w ould proler to have tho llouse
lecido tho matter, as they more clearly represented the
Mr. Morton said?Then it the House voted on tho
jucsliou by Slutes. tho Male which had hut one
Representative would liavo just as much voice 1c tho
natter aa the State of New York, which had thirtythree
representatives. He said be had once made a
computation oi'tlie matter and had ascerlalnod that
loriy-tivo members ol the House voting by States, and
representing S,out),000 of people, could outvote tho
other 247 members representing 06,000,000 of people.
Could anything be conceived ol that would come
lurlher Iront the will of the people ? The principle involved
in this hill Is precisely tho same us that upon
Vhich all legislation of the country depends. If the
two houses cannot agree upon a bill beloru Congress,
it litis, of course, uud there is no power to reler it to a
third party as arbiter or reicree. If power can be delegaled
to the House to decide upon valid returns, It can
i v dclcgulcd to the Senate. It cun be delegated to tho
Vice President or the President, and the entire will of
toe people la* get aside; and the idea ol selecting a
releree or umpire to decide a question of this character
was an ahsuru one.
Mr. 1 kki.inuhuyskn, (rep.) of N. J., said that as
absurd as the idea wus. there wore several precedents
lorn; and he lustnnced tho case of Iowa, wherein a
Governor had been declared elected and a ooestion
arising ilie Court of Claims w as delegated as umpire.
Mr. Allison, (rep ) ot Iowa, introduced a bill proruling
tor an agreement with the Sioux nation in regard
to a portion of their reservation, and lor other
purposes. Referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
At ten minutes past lour the Senate went into executive
session and at ten untunes to five adjourned.
Washington, March 13, 18*6.
Mr. CaxruKLL, (ind.) of 111., presented the ;>etition
if 713 citizens of Illinois, asking lor the repeal of the
Aesumplion act. Referred.
Mr. CHiTTKNoaw, (ind.) of N. Y., presented a resolution
or the Importers and Grocers' Board of Trade, of
New York, In favor of the resumption ol specie payments.
The Spbakkr then proceeded to call the Stales tor
Etllis, under which <?ll the following bills were Introluced
and referred
By Mr. Hewitt, idem.) of Ala., prohibiting contributions
from officers and employes of the government for
political purposes.
By Mr. Lasi>k?9, (dcm.) of Ind., to allow twenty
days vacation, with pay, to all government employes to
attend the Centennial celebration.
Mr. Socthakd (tlt-m.)% Ohio, offered resolution
culling on the Secretary of life Treasury for Information
aa to defaulting internal revenue collectors.
Also, a resolution calling on the Secretary of War
for information as to whether promotions in the army
nice the ot June. I sit, have hern tn accordance
with section l.'AH ot the Housed Statutes, and ll not
why not. Adopted.
run MKiturn mow nraroann.
Mr. Banna, (rep.) ol Indiana, ottered the following
Resolved. That tha people of the L?nttcd State* constitute
one uatton. and not a mere confederacy of hintes or nations,
that the Constitution was formed t>> the people actin.- tn
their primary and individual capacity turuugn their delepates
tnereio duly constituted. Unit the gueci nmoul under
lite constitution is una of the people, by Ilia people
tint lor tha people. and thai in itv appropriate
tpbere the povcrniusnt ol this nation Is soteieign and
supreme. that In Its uatura It ia permanent and Indlavolnble
except by tha action and consent of the whole people; that
no Mate has any rigid or authority to judge of the constliu
ti.iuellty of laws enacted by Congress, or to nudity the ex
acution of the same; and t at ail overt acts by any Male or
the people thereof i?f seecsaion I herefrom, or ol rebellion
gainst the same consilium treason, and that the lata ear
Mine rebellion !or the dismemberment of the L'nlonwas
rauvrless and ludcieuslble on any theory ef right or uf cob
lie movod (hat tbe rules be suspended and the
resolution adopted, and he called lor the yeas and
navs, which were ordered.
Mr Store, idem.) of tla, moved that tbe House
adjourn. Rejected.
Mr. Cos, idem.) of N. V., asked II' tbe resolution was
I be SraatkR responded that a motion to sus|>end
the rules and adopt a resolution was not divisible
Mr Co* u*krd whether it *?? in order to read Irotn
the constitution these words:?"Done in convention by
the unanimous touscui ol the Stale*."
The RrBAKKK replied that ihul would be iu tbe nature
of debate and was not In order.
The motion to su-pend me rules and adopt the resolution
was rejected?yeas ttl, nays 7d?two-thirds
not having voted in the aOkrinaiive.
Very lew democrats voted lor it. Among them were
Men-re. Durand, of Michigan; HardcObvrg. o( New
'Jersey; Jenkins, of Pennsylvania; New, of Indiana:
Phelps, of Connecticut; Potter, of Michigan, Vance, of
Ohio, and A. it. Williams, ol Michigan.
All the republicans voted lor it, all the Southern
democrat' against it, anil inoat ol the Northern democrats
retrained ir<<m voting.
Itelure the vole was announced Mr. Batten called the
AleiiUou of the Chair to the lact that many muiubers
NEW \ (
wrr* present who were not voting, and be mad* the
po;nt of order that lliey t>o compelled to votn.
The HriuKKH overruled the point of order.
Mr. iUaoaLL, (dom ) of Pa., remarket that there was
a good deal of truth in the resolution, and alao a good
deal of talae principle.
The result ol the vote wee then announced.
The lollowiui; is the
a to an v a vdtb.
Messrs. A>lif( Atkins, Roche, Blackburn, Rlaud. Blouut,
Boone, Bright. Brown ul Wy., Cabell. Caldwell ulAlt.
Caldwell iifTeuu., faudier, Cate. Clarke of Kf, Cook,
Cowan. Colbersnu, lie Bolt, Debrell, l)oii|:iaas, Kiln. Kaulk
liar, Pel ton, Forney Franklin, Glover. (ioo.le, Cuuler, Hancock.
llartridge, Harris of Ga.. Hewitt of Ala, Hill,
llouker, House, Huotoo. lltird. Jones of ley., Knott. Levy
Lewis, Lord. Meade. MUlikrn. Mulchler. Odell, Parson*,
i Payne, Philips of Mo., Piper, Una. Keag?n. Rice, Kiddle,
Bobbins of f. C., Kobbius of Pa. lto??, Fettles, Slieaklvy,
Suigleion, Smith of Ga.. Stone, Terry, Throckmorton.
Tucker, Vance of N. C., Waddcll, Walker, of N Y., Ward.
' Williams of Aia., Williams of Ind., Willis, Ysatss and
! Young-?7Ti.
Mr. Cox, of New York, then offered the following resolution:?
Resolved, That tko people of tho United States constitute
a nation, in the sense, to ths exteul aud lor ilia purposes
dclllied in the federal constitution.
Resolved. I'hut ths itovcrnuieiit of ths United States Is a
federal Union, and aras formed by the people of the several
Stales lu their sovereign capacity; that the righta aud
powers of liie United States Kovcrtkineiit ara dsliiuid and
limited by tiie federal constitution, and these rights and
powers cannot be enlarged or dtiniulahed except by an
ainctidiiieui to the constitution.
Resolved, That the rights of States have the same aeration
ol security in the constitution as the rights and poaers
o! the ledoral government, and thai local domestic government
by the several States, within the limits of the constitution,
is absolutely necessary for the preservation of the
liberties of the citiaen and the contluuauce of our republican
system ol government.
Resolved, That the doctrine tbut auy State lias the right
to secede from the Union is in confll t with the idea ot a
perpetual uuion as contemplated by the constitution, and
should bo regarded as being forever extinguished by the
, result ot tho recent civil eotilllut.
Mr. Holman, (tictn.) of Ind., called for the yeas and
nays, Hinl they were ordered.
Mr. Blaise, (rep.) of Mc? expressed the hope that
every Union miin in the House would vote against the
The motion to suspend the rules and adopt the revolution
was adopted?yead lbo, nays 4'i All the democrats
anil a lew ot the republicans voted for the resolution.
Among the republicans voting yea were Messrs.
Kcllev. Leavenworth, MoDlll, I hiliipa, of Kit as;
Piatt, Towusend. of l'enusylvuula; WlllarJ aud li.
Williams, ol Michigan, and Wilson.
Tho rest of tho republicans voted no.
Mr. BrcK.vsu (dent, (of Mo., irom tho conlerenco
commltteo on the bill to provide lor the paymeut of
tn? interest ou tue o. oo uoihis hi me uistrict hi Columbia,
made a report and proceeded to explain it. lie
elated that the urnoutit ol there bonds issued up to the
26lh ol January was $l3,ft;>S,700, and Irotu that time up
to the 3d ol February the additional aiuounl ol $lt>4,3d0
bad been issued, but that since that time no bouds bad
been issued.
Alter discussion the report was agreed upon?yeas
108, nays 78.
Mr. Blaine, ol Maine, presented the memorial or
citizens ol Texas protesting against tho unjust und
llllberul inanuer in which the State of Texas Is apportioned
into Congressional districts, which was properly
Mr. Kellkv, (rep.) of Pa., offered a resolution declaring
it to bo the sense ol the llouso that the issuo
ol gold interest bearing bonds (or the purchase of silver
und its manufacture into coin is an uuwioe and
wasteful expenditure of the public money and ought to
be discontinued. It was referred to tho 1'olntntllco on
Mr. lioi'kins, (dem.) of I'a., offered a resolution calling
lor information in regard to alleged Irregularities in
tho Custom House ut Pittsburg, which was adopted.
Mr. Coxukk, of Michigan, offered a resolution calling
lor inlormutlou as to life saving .stations on tho ocean
and lake coasts, which was adopted.
Mr. Wilms, (dem. jof.N. Y., offered a resolution calling
tor mlormation as to cotton claims presented una
pun) by the Treasury Department MM January, 18t>5,
requiring tho names and residences of the original
owners and ol the attorneys, also us to the manner of
paying lees In such cases, and whether there has been
any combination to defraud the'government in respect
of sueii claims. This was adopted.
Mr. Willis also offered a resolution directing the
Committee on OlVtl Service Reform to inquire into the
alleged conspiracy ou tho part ol John W. Wrignt and
others todeiraud the government lu connection with
Indian claims, which was adopted.
The House then, at half-past four, adjourned.
The Committee of tho Board ol Aldermen, of which
Mr. W. H. McCarthy Is chairman, who have in charge
tho proposition to utilise saltwater in this city lor tiro
vxiiiiguisiiiiig unu suniiary purposes, uici uguiu ui mo
City Hall yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Thomas Millor submitted a plan lor the erection
or hcvcn lowers or reservoirs between tho Uuttery and
Fourteenth street, with two ongtnou on either aido ol
the city to puinp tho salt water. He considered tho
cost of these works would probably reach some
<*i. WW,000, and that they would prove perfectly competent
to protect this portiou of the city from tho ravages
ol Ore.
Professor C. F. Chandler, of the Health Department,
appeared before the committee. Ho auid there was no
sanitary objectiou to tho lutroductiou of suit water
Itito the city.
This water, when used to extinguish Ores, would no
doubt vory much Injure a certain class ol dry goods.
It also corrodes pipes luster tnaii Iresb water. There
Is enough water, lio said, in the reservoirs of the city
tor all purposes if sultlcient pipes and mains are lur.
liislied. It appeared 10 linn, as a taxpayer, rather unnoccssary
to Spoud such a large amount of mouuy lor
the Introduction of salt water w lieu we have plenty of
Crolon at our disposal. At a large lire which occurred
lu tins city some years ago thirty-three engines were
at work. Tliey could not consume more than
BOO 000 eallons in an hour. Ill cuso of
lire water is roqutrcd rapidly. By putting down
the proper additional pipes and mams (or Crolon
water tUe city could be fully supplied, lie (Dr. Cbauddler)
was ol iipiuion that tlie sowers are In bad condition,
but did not think thero would be auy special
beuclli derived Irom sending salt water through them,
and lie thought it u ould bo a great pity, under the
circumstances, to spend a single dollar lor such a purpose.
The principal question was as to accomplishing
the greatest amount of good lor the loast amount
ol money. In Putnam county we have a reservoir of
8,000,006.000 gailoua; In the Oeuirnl Park one of
1,000,000,000, aud in the Fifth avenue one ot 20,000,000.
Tins great volume of water, ho maintained, was amply
sulllcietil lor all purposes.
Commissioner of Public Works Campbell again apponr<d
bcloie the committee and gave a decided opinion
against the proposition to utilize salt water. He
thought it would be a useless expense There arc, he
said, now about 410 miles of pipe laid in tho city, together
with 4,000 hydrants, mwers and gas pipes. It
is suggested to put dow n 3t.O miles ol pipes lor salt
water use. This would cos1 about $0,000,000. Mr.
Campbell agreed with Professor Chandler as to the
statement that we have an ample supply of Crolon
water lor all purposes if additional pipes and mums are
laid throughout the city. Mr. Miller s plan, lie said,
would prove enormously expensive. The tower at
Uigli Bridge had cost nearly $100,000, and contained
only uti.UOO gallons.
Mr. Caleb Richardson again explained the Holly
Another meeting of the committee will be held oa
Monday auernoon next.
A regular weekly meeting of the Common Council of
ttr.,.Wtvi. wnu hold VMIarSx t'rMl.lnlil t'r.ni h in Ik.
chair. A series of petition* for and ugainal the prepoaed
Introduction of stcum on Allan'lo avenue were
presented, read and placed on lile. The Hoard of Oily
Works were ant hurl zed to advertise fur proposals for
dredging at piers Nos. 1 and 2, Washlugtou avenue
dock, at an txjiense not to exceed l&.OUQ. The Com
iiiilloo on I'ubltc llulldings reported that thejr were of
the opinion that tnoro suitable lands tban thnae on
Adams street could be obtained, and that an act of the
Legislature on the subject would lactlliate tbo end In
view. The cotnntitteo were authorized to secure the
further tiansiir of lands which in the judgment ot the
couiutittco would be suitable lor the purjmae ol erectlug
public bui.dingt and to secure the necessary legislation
The Law Committee reported that the power of the
appointment ul city employes belonged to the Hoard of
Aldermen and not to the Hoard ol I tty Works, as the
latter claimed.
from the Railroad Committee Alderman .Shepherd
presented a lengthy and exhaustive iniuority rcjioil in
opposition to the rapid tr. utu nchenie on Atlautic avenue.
A resolution was oflered by the Alderman of tha
Seventh ward in iclatiou 10 the alleged deucivncios in
the oSli ee of ex-Comptroller JohDkon and ex Tax Collector
laaae Uadcau. The Corporation Counsel ie ixt?trusted
10 "couunence legal proceeding* lurthwiih
against Mr Kvau M. Johnson aud his sureties lor the
recovery or the money lost by the city through the
unauthorized sale by him ol a?sea?meut and tcwur
bonds hi less man pur " Vhe dm.money alleged
amounted to g41,110 In the sewer noud account aud
J.'s u6u in the UNMKieU boud account This alleged
il?ie'.lligr kilbrontll to the UlcilMl of ibo Com
uiod Council id 1872 by Mayor gcliroeder, who was at
lint lime Comptroller, and the natter ?.?? eisniiucd
by the finance Committee, wbo reported tliat they
found no mailer in the coniuiiiuicall'>u requiring their
action. Ihc present Hoard >a republican. however,
and view matter* and thing* reflecting upon their opponents
lu a very d.Hi-rent light Tlie resolution was
At n lute hour ta?l night the Coin moo Council, by a
rote ol VI lo 3, pit-sed a resolutiou granting to the Atlantic
Avenue Kallroad Cam|suiy or any of its Irs-ees
ibe privilege to ua? steam motors ou Atiautie aveuu e
cast of > latbush avenue.
neriterd Clark was yesterday appointed by the Commiaslonera
ot Charities and Correction keeper of Hie
City Prison (the Tomb*) in the plaee ol Wcorge Perns.
Imriug the week ending Kebruary 11 twenty four
males and lour leinules were received into the I'eni.
| teutiary.
[Paris (March 1) correspondence of London Standard. J
The Lyons papers publish the test of U. Gambulla's
speech at Lyons. The Monitrur ot this evening
cousiders it calculslod to reassure the conservatives us
to tho cousequonccs of the elections and to familiarize
them with the acclimatization of tho Republic. This
is, pet hups, rather an overstrained construction to put
on M. (iaiubetta's speech; for, although its general tone
Is moderate enough, he attacks
with extreme violence. For Instance"The key note
of the elections is to be found in the anti-clerical feel'
ing of tho country. France from north to south has
expressed her adhesion to tho republican principle,
aud her determination to put down oloncatism at home
and abroad. During tho last live years, owing
to our disasters and also to our faintheartedness,
we have witnessed the growth of a
party which, under the pretext of a monarchical res
luriilioa, would nave involved us in wur witu imij,
uud wtilcb loimcd a kind of league worthy of the
I'urk Ague, associations lor the manufacture of miracles,
lor pilgrimages and lor tbo anuilillutiun 01 the
principles ol llsfl. Tho odiiilinsirution tolerated all
these goings on in defiance of the law. Thus wo witnessed
the growth In our midst of 'the children ol the
Lord' to such an extent that France seemed the relngo
of all llio Christians ill Christendom. This was carried
to tar that France revoitod uguinst the theocratic
spirit which lakes everything when It Is denied its
share. Thus it was that Franco voted lor llio Republic
In urdcr to protect tbo civil Immunities tbo owes to the
Revolution. The eucroachmeuts of uilraiuonianism
had alruudy exc ted tho apprehensions
of Europe. They might have become the
starling point of a general war. It wua sought
to divide tbo world into two camps, the
supporters of tho Vaticau and the champions ol free
thought, and, thvrelorc, great was the rcjoiciug at the
elections, which convinced the world that Franco
meant to resume her place as the loremost champion
ol iroe inquiry and Iree thought." When he passed
from the religious to the political question SI. Cambelt
a was relutlvcly moderate. 1 ho lollowlng passage
deserves the pruiso bestowed upon It by the Jfun.frur:?
"It is ss wise and slalosmaulikc as it is necessary that
tho Republic should be considered as a republic of
poucc, order and morality. It Is necessary that the
world should ba impressed w Ith the fact that tho Republic's
existence can give no untbrttgo to the I'ouers
on our Iroullers. We have often sinned through n
spirit ol excessive propaganda. Let us begin
by looking at home Let us host our owu
wotiuds uud leave ibo rest of the world is
mind its own business without obtruding our lulorfor
eucc. Moreover, lor a long time past wo have hud '
nothing to teich to foreign nations, but, on the contrary,
much to learn uud borrow irom them?Iroui
Kugland, Uia freedom ol the prvaa and the right of
mooting, uud Irom our adversary of yesterduy its mill- *
lary organization uud lis really universal compulsory
service. Of these conditions wo may ruly on the cooperation
and sympathy ol our neighbors. We must
repudiate prosclytlsm. Wo must repudiate that
uinialAP nnlipv nf i hn <.v/>niul I'lnnim trlilt*li 11> vrxlfiwi iw
in the Mexican expedition, which betrayed Denmark,
which allowed Austria to ho crushed, and which dug
under our own feci u gulf Into which we all hut dis ipjwnrod.
That doctrine of nationalities wc must einiihatlcullv,
heartily and sincerely repudiate."
Further on tho speaker expressed himself as follows
respecting the constitution uiid tho chief of the
' Tho man at the head of the State, the President of
tho Kcpuhhc, may be assured that It is not the republt- I
cuus that will ever questiou his powors. Whatever I
may have been our attitude on the i!4th of May, wo can
honestly say that it was no lault of ours that the chief
of the Slate was not placed beyond the turmoil of 1
party strilc." He also added ibut he would not Insist on
u hecatomb of prefects. All he woe anxious for was
carelul weeding, and 111 conclusion he budo the liberals ? (
who still, it seems, view the democrats with distrust? I
to convert themselves within tho lour years' grace left
them. "Provided they are only sincere, loyal and houcst,
they will ho welcomed with open arms."
The London Timts of tho 1st lust, publishes a stain- '
mcnt from its correspondent in Home announcing that
a remarkable forgery of the name of King Victor Km- t
manuel has becu detected. Ho writes:?
Considerable cxcilemeut has been caused by tho dis
cover) IIIUI unis ui UACimogt? iu me muuuui ui avu,uooi. ,
huve been negotiated under llie pretence that they were <
diuw 11 for the accommodation of Hih Mujosiv the Kiitir
of Italy, by means of u forgery of Uio King's numc to a
kind of guaruutee that His Majesty was responsible lor
them?these bills, two In uuinber, for a lou.uuut. each, .
were discounted w ilh the lluneo f'opoiare at Kologna. v
The lact of the bills being In the market having come ,
to the knowledge of the administration of the King's c
Civil List. Inquiries were made, and sevcrul persons ,
were placed under arrest whose uaines were found to
be conuectcd with them. These persons have uuw been ,
set at liberty on its having been ascertained that the .J
sole author of the forgery Is the
of Milan, who has made a lull confession. It appears ,
that, having skilfully laid his plaus, he obtained access ,
to the King's private apartments upon some excuse, .
and when coining out from thence be met ibe Marchese .
Haguusco, aido-de camp to Hi# Majesty, and another s:
gentlemau in waiting in the ante-chamber. Taking
ilignusco, wltli whom bo was acquainted. >> onu side,
he told him tlial lie bail a mailer ol some delicacy to
colitide to him?that he bad just been instructed by His
Majosty to ruise money for im, and, drawing I ruin his (
pocket the guarantee, beariue' what purported to be (he
King's signature, sunt that It would be necessary lor
hint to have an attestation that it was the King's
handwriting, and asked Uaguasco to give Ik The
Marcbese liagnusco having seen him coiue out direct .
from the King's private apartment, kuowitig him to be ,
a mun who hud to do with lit. uncial operations onu '
large scale and deceived as to the authenticity of the 'i
alilv linitaled signature, gave the attestation required.
On being asked why ho did not brat make inquiries
of His Majesty direct, he replied that the circutusiances
as they were being such ts to preclude the.
possib'hiy ul suspicion, to have guuo to the King would*
have had the appearance ol a desire to obtrude lum- <
soli upon His Majesty's privulo business, lhe Marcbese
Mantegaxza is a man who, us tur us 1 ain in- '
formed, has Inlcrto always been looked upon as a gen- t
tlctuan worthy ol all confidence. He was ouc ol to* ^
Hue of rail wuy. 1
There are rumors of other bills being in circulation t
to which forgeries or the Uoyul signature are atlucheil, ,
and on a pcrqu'xition being male in the Murchcse Mantcgujtza's
house, several bearing tlio King's name were 1
fouud ready Tor negotiation. It i.s asserted liv some i
that the Marches* has boon employed by the King in (
liiiaucial operations, aud that lie has taken advantage
ol the coiillduuco placed in linn to put these forgeries 1
lulo circulation, t may add that in tho muulh of |
March last the Marcbese Miinlegar.ru negotiated a loau i
of tl,000,000 Iruncs lor the tuuuiclpulity ol Naples,
which was conducted with Ihc house ol Oppenhclui, of
I'aris, and those bunkers, 1 am told, had sulllclcut confidence
In him to place the deposit monoy iu his hands.
This Is the
made to forge the writing ol Victor Emmanuel. The
uatna of Charles Albert was oucc forged by a student to
an order for payment of a sum ol money, bus It was
immediately detected on prescuution.
Au Inventory of all tho property belonging to or
leased by the Erto Railroad has been making for some
time past. The value of tbo property being classiQcd
Is In round numbers $100,000, IXX), sod tins Is divided
under lour beads?namely, the lines owned by the
company, the lines leased by the company, the lines
operated by the company and the property indirectly
apiwrialning to the service ol the company, such, lor
Instance, as the Grand Opera House aud the present
ufllce* on West street. 'I he document when completed
will spread over 6,30V quarto pages. It ts intended lor
tbe.counaol Is the cases now pending against hrie.
Purine the prevalence ol a thunder storm at Blue
Point. Long Island, on Funday night, the bouse of
Win or R Housed ??> struck be liebtliimr and all 1 tie
inmate* rendered Intension* tor a time line young
man was severely burned tUmt the MM and client,
unit a young lady wan badly burned on tbo feci. Tbo
house was damaged but utile.
A frenchman Imng at Woodhaven, L. I., who was
employ ml ae watclitnati la Hie (irotjean Manufactory at
tbe time It waa burned, Just after breaklual yesterday
morning went out la the water closet in the rear of bit
residence aad shot btniseif. lie waa not discovered
until about nine o'clock., wlico he was still alive,
though badly wuunded aud very weak, liu will doubt*
lees d e. The cauae ol the act Is a mystery, as there
was no suspicion of incendiarism n.aiiist him.
Early yesterday morning the dwelling bouse of Mr.
Samuel Kneelaod, at Ucdeiltown, town ol Oyster lliy,
waa discovered to be on tire, aud iu spite of every eflorl
It was destroyed, with considerable of its commit. Ylie
Arc communicated to the harn and other outbuilding*,
and Ihov also wore destroyed with a Urge quantity of
material. The lo-? is estimated at Irom )H,uoo to $s,ouo.
To inn Editor or tnc HsnaLD
Ue kind enough to correct tbe statement wbioh rep
resents me as tbo contractor for the liny Hldse Railroad.
I beg Icavo to say that I have not entered luto
any contract lor Ibe construction of thst road.
llnookura, March 13, ISTOv
MARCH 14, 1876.?Till PL
Although tho failure of the venerable operator familiarly
known aa "Uncle Dan'l" has been a matter
roll known in Wall stroct for some months and freely
Ilscus'cd, the formal petition in bankruptcy of the old
oader was the subject ot much comment yesterday.
Ills principal creditors on the street, named In the
ichedule, are Messrs. 8. V. White, William B. Tracers.
1. D. I'rince, tho assignee of the late arm of Konyon,
.'ox A Co.; Azuriah Boody, John Hunter and D. K. Van
Kmhurgh. Theso gentlemen were conversed with by
the llskaLD reporter, bnt they bad but little to say ol
reneral interest bearing on the dividend to be expected
from the assets. Said ono creditor, "You perceive the
realt-stalo of Mr. Drew Is nearly all mortgaged for its
lull value, and the reversionary interests mentioned
in the schedule of property as 'cJtows fit action' afford
but little ground for the hope of a large dividend,
dy into partner has long since charged his portion of
Mr. Brow's Indebtedness to profit and loss account,
rhe famous sealskin coat which figures in tba Hat of
>ersonal property was tbo aubject of considerable mcrImeni
at the time of Its presentation to Uncle Pan'l
>y Mr. Eugene Robinson, In whose office the old genlcmau
was at that time operating largely In gold. It
s a pity," added tho gcntle.-ian, "that such Institutions
is tho Brew Theological Seminary and the Wesleyan
.'Diversity, the former endowed with i-60,000 and the
alter with Jloo.ooO. are bulb unsecured. I be IIm ry
n Wabash, caused by the real or pretended Illness of
ilr. Drew a few months since, at the litno be bud calls
if thousands ot shares on the strcot, will not be forgoteu
suddenly by the operators who lost thousand* of
lollars hv
< or will tha speculators fan to remember the day that
uclo Dan'l flooded tho street with nearly GO,OoO
hares of sloe It?ho being 'short' ol it?when It caiuc
lowh. like the slick of a rocket. lrotn ninety to titty;
its subsequent (light to New Jersey and the lawsuits
hat grew out ol that memorable day urn a part of Wall
itreet history.''
The schedule tn bankruptcy gives the following
,'ash en hanil Noue.
'ersonal property?Ono gold watch and chain $150
t)uo svultklu eoat 150
Ordinary weariug apparel 100
"uinllv books and Bible. t>'M
Joins and earriuges Nona.
'hipping and shares iu vessels Noue.
Jehts due petitioner?S. V. White, $60,969,
witb Interest from Juno 2(1, 1871. subject to
a lien and utideiermiued aniouut thereof,
given to Alvin Burt 60,969
Stocks?0.200 shares of tho capital Stock of
the New Jersey Steamboat Company; p^r
value, $100each; deposited iu and held by
the farmers' l.oan and Security Company
a.-- security lor investments under the provisions
ol the last will ol Robert W. Kelly,
lu the names ol Georgians Kverotl,
Josephine Co/./.eus, Louise K Kdy and An
tolnette Cozzous 022,000
775 shares Loulsvtllo, and New Albany and
Chicago Railroad Company, $100cacti par;
500 shares Canton Land Company, ol Baltimore,
par $100 each; 71 ttrsl morigago
bonds ol tho Toledo, Canada-oulliern uiul
Detroit Railway Company, $1,000 each, estimated
?t 80,000
oncie.- ui uisui uuou fluuu,
Juliquldatcd claims?Claims uituinsl Kenyon
Cox, William II. Hutchinson and Horaco
Manuol 160,000
merest m Intnl.-?00 acres town of Ossing,
county ot Westchester, N. Y., known as the
Ryder Kartn 75,000
Hhur real estate, said to be of do value over the
1*0 acres, Carmel, i'utnatn county ?
79 acres, Southeast, l'utnam county ?
1K0 acres, Carmel, I'utnaiu county ?
110 acres, Courtlandt, Westchester couuty
(mortgage, #19,6u0) ?
43 acres. Carmel. I'utuiuu county ?
ISO acres, Cnaihaiu, il orris couuly, M. J... ?
Total a-sots, estimated $073,499
'o creditors a lio are to be paid in full, or to
whom priority is secured?City and county
or New York, tuxes ou personal property $7,6S4
Ireditors holding securities?Trust lunds in
name ol Georyiauu Kvorett, Josephine Cuzzens,
Louise It. Edy, Antoinette Cozzcua
(secured by mortgages on pro|>erty at Seventeenth
street and Unlou aquaro) 262,427
Yillium L. Scott, assignee ol Kcuyou Cox &
Co 295,492
Creditors unsecured.?The petitioner has no lodger
r vouchers rolernng to these debts:?
irew lucolugtcal Heuiiuary $250,000
tosleyuu Cniversiiy, lllddletown, Conn. loo.ooo
'ernou U. Brown 6,uoo
itephcu V. White 41,400
Izuriub lioody 20,000
leorge A. Bukcr k Co I,a50
savers \ Hunter 30,301
be Simouds Munulncturlug Company 408
lobu l>. Prince 14,907
Javld K. Van Einburgh 9,375
hllbtu 4: Qutun 1,450
I. c. yuinn a Co 147
Vvllis U. Naruer 679
V. H. Jackson it Co 144
L [I. Hatch 13,119
CI lis I'arsell* 399
L. y. Hastings, Receiver ol Security lusurance
Company 9,525
Ipplclon Sturges. Adiniiitstrutoi' K. Sturges. 29,091
executor George W. Coster 10,000
Total liabilities $ 1.003. TSU
Yesterday afternoon the counsel lor Mr. Drew tiled
he proper atlldaviis In bankruptcy before Register
iVilliains, who issued a eortiueale ot protection and set
lown the lirst meeting ol creditors lor the puipose of
ihoosiug an assignee on April 0, 1370, at one o'clock
\ M.
Yesterday the printers employed in several of tbo
ob offices in this city turned out on strike, not being
si.ling to accept the proposed reduction in their wages
if ton to lilteeii per cent projioscd by the employers,
the men, about two hundred in number, llocked to the
-ooins ol Ty irograplncal Union No. 0, In Chatham street,
>f which they are members, ami there discussed the
ill 11 utuiu. Tlio organization is suld to be very strong,
stid will uot allow the men to resume work unless old
rates are paid tbcin. Those who hnvo been ordered to
]uil work will be allowed twelve dollars per week until
the strike shall be ended. The typos are coufldeul n(
gaining their ends and of lurcing the bosses to come
to terms. The employers struck against arc Movers.
Trow, I'olhctuiis, Douglas Taylor, Gildcrsieeve and
the Crrsing lijtt book unit Job olllco. The compositors
employed by Kraucis Hart .V Co. will, it is expected,
quit work to-day unless the tlrui agrees to pay old rates.
No attempt lias been made by other houses In the trade
to rcuuco wage* auu none is (ipicica. mere were iio
disturbance's at anv or tlio offices named above, although
the I'ttiou men were picketed around the entrances to
rnJruVor to persuade non-union men not to
go to work. l>ut no violence wuS offered
when argument failed. The llrms referred
to have lioeu obliged to i mploy a number of non l/Dl >n
men and boy* in order to work iff' their uioat pressing
contract*, tnit the aupply of inch tiunds Is taid to he
tot illy inadcijuute to carry ou the business for any
lengthened ittno. Many of these nuii-linton men, teo,
will bo Induced to Join (be society, thus Increasing the
difficulty. A conic rente was held yesterday afternoon
between the men lately employed In the Evening I'oit
Job ollico and tho manager, but no satisfactory lesult
tMI leeched
Tho 300 laborors who threw down their picks and
shovels on the work of excavating for the Bay Ridgo
and Jamaica IUiiroad, ou Saturday last, being unable
to support themselves with tbo pittance of ninety
cents pur day paid by the contractor, are still out on
strike Mr. Beard, the contractor, says that the pour
fellow* will return to work in a day or two. The men
suv lhat tlier will not do anything of the sort. The
strikers are peaceable and buve been guilty of no violence,
though they claim that ten days' pay U due them
by their employer. Thev demand f 1 no por day.
Charles C. Schnaupor, the Gei man grooer, who was
sriested in Brooklyn on Saturday last on suspicion of
baviug forged Uic nattio ol tits missing wife to a certain
deed lor the sale of real estate, was yesterday taken bofore
Justice Walsh un a motion for his adm>ttanco to
ball. Tho motion, however, was denied and the
prisoner was remanded to Raymond Street Jail Tbo
n.uiu-v winch was taken from him when he was arrested
Wait returned tu bun at bis own request.
No now* of the missing wifu ban yet bean obtained,
and it Is now reported that the prisoner's sou and
laughter are also missing. The notary before whom
the couveyaticy deed was signed lias given a description
ol the wouian who signed it aud this docs nut tally with
the appearance ol Anmo hchnaupcr, the prisoner s
who. I ho dele.dives arc now seeking lor this woman.
The question Is still boing agitated, ' Will tbeelorago
reservoir at Hempstead hold water, as promised by tbe
pioje lors of tlie workr"
It Is proposed should it upou trial provo nul to be
leaky, to coaiploic the dam, but beloro doing so the
Aldermen have ordered tlio Kngineer of tbe Hoard of
t. ity Worka lo close lhe gales "uulll such lime as it
Shall eoulaio at least twelve leet of water." The gates
were no closed aa promptly us was desired, uud >< ?
terdsy Mai or Scbrnvdar sent a coiniuuti ication to the
Commleaionera of Ctiy Works telling those geotleiuus
lu laatrm-l ksfmeer Ad. sta to attend to the matter
end cause "reports to lie made daily of the gain. If
any, ol walor m tbe ruaervsir."
M? Wnlakln T nlinv nn Vl O T?anofo?
I Kill Tf ClOii O UC W lci VU tUO llUUOlVl r
of Authority,
Rapid Increase of Expenditure in the Indian
The War Department Recommended.
To th? Editor of tbr Hkrald:?
Very many of the best Morula of Indian civilization
are deeply troubled by ibe evident determination of
the House of Representatives to roi use to make appro* ,,
priatlons for Indian service unless tlio caro of the In* '
dtsus ta transferred (rum the Department of the lute
rtor to tho War Department. This want of confidence 1
In the Department of the Interior la well founded, aa
It la adcpurtmeul of the government that will ever be
looked to lor tho money needlul to conduct political
campaigns. Messrs. Uruuot, Stuart, Dod^e, Bishop,
Purwell, Campbell and To boy were appointed by tho
President with lull authority of law to chock abuses
In the Indian services Alter yours of sell-denying la*
i bor, without pecuniary compensation, this Indian I
Commission found Itaelf unable to chock the evil intlu- ^
once that the Indian Ring hod acquired over the olU- h
ccra of tho Interior Department. When vouchers to a
lurgo amount, that the commission had pronounced
Illegal or traudulout, were paid by the Secretary li
of the lulurior, they reported the lacts to the ^
President of the L'uttcd States, but as he did not
suslatu thorn they resigned. On surrendering tc | .
the President their commissions there was no cxprcs- *
sion of regret, although such expressions had been i,
made on the resignation of luiliau Commissioner Par- *
iter, and latterly at the resignations ul Secretaries Del- i
uijo and Belknap. At that time inloruiora ol wrongs [(
by government oflicials were considered the guilty ?
parties and their ret.rninent was not regretted. It Is ,
truo that all the othcerj and clerks in the Interior lie- jj
partuietit who assisted in or connived at these traud- t
ulont transactions have beon removed, yet this does J'
not toko the department out of the political luUueucc* ii
that have hitherto environed It. The Indian lting is tl
rich, aud will probably, as hitherto, be assessed to aid '
In dutrsying the expenses of the next political cam \
tniign. tiuch an assessment, according to parly usage, |j
sanctions a protil beyond the gains usual in commercial k
I transactions of ten times the sum paid.
Although the heads ot the Indlnu Office and of the *
! Interior Department, with whleb It Is connected, have ,,
i been chaugod, yet the Indian King, that has so long f.
been ill the ascendant, remains unchanged In power .1
and in practice, aa la shown by the following extracts J,
from u report just published by the existing Hoard of ii
Indian Commissioners. The purchasing committee, j,
comprising K. A llo) I, chairman, and ii. M. Kingsley >
and Clinton li Kisk, certily that the all-powcrlu! Indian }
Itiug still comprisoa J. W. iioslor, A. IL Wilder, Do Wilt 1
Clinton Wheeler, J. 1'. Baldwin, Uoneral Dodge, J. II. g
Uesrd and others, and that they entered Into u con- Jj
spirucy against tue government 10 relievo it ol surplus ?
casli:? u
J. W. Hosier and A. 11. Wilder, in bargaining for beef S
noedod bv> oud the former cuutracl, demanded $3 flO lor to I *
(lound* ol cuttle gross, on the hoot, alleging that they had .
est money at the contract price oi no per cwt., although .1.
W. Hosier lastiUcd to the Ited Cloud Coutiuisaluu tnut there j "
wns uo occasion for him to overcharge In the weight of eat- *
tie as the contract had yielded a profit of ifl 17.0UI 14. j
i lie couiunuae win hit uuu tuui mute same contractors
six weeks alUTwutd who Interested iu a bid ilint offered to *f
supply the great Sioux agencies at S- pur cwt.
Uwiug to the absunce ol cuiupetiliuu llic purchasing com- f
mlttee was obliged to pay Busier A \\ iliier $8 per cwt lor [',
tlio additional supply, although this sauic tin;,' paid fittt.llUil a '
low weeks allcrwurd tu buy out a successful bidder ut t~ Si P j
pur cwt.
This mode of denliog in part accounts tor the rapid
increase ot expenditure lor Indian service under the
present administration, reaching nearly $?,ut.o,ooO
during tho year eudlug July 1, 1875. lu addition to
tUis, ubout $40,000,uuu were expended through tho o
Interior Department.
The House ol Representatives will not be severely
censured by a heavily luxed community tor relusing |
appropriations until n has a guarantee Unit the money
witl bo houvaliy and intelligently expended. Mur- ly .
tills could be reached, so lar an it rululos to Indian sor- , %
Vice, by the loruialiou of uu independent bureau like
that lor the prouiolloii oi agriculture. Much a measure ;
seems culled lor aa a duly to the aboriginul Inhabitants ! I.
ol this land, whoso civilization uiul Chriatiainxation are o
hot only u governmental obligation, but sUouk! bo tbo
pride ol a Christian people. Artec it Iree conference
With lullueulial members ol Conglcss 1 becamo salislied w
tliat uo sucu measure could bo carried into eltoot (J
during the present session of Congress. To allow tho
Indians to rciuuiu with a department that bus boeu "
under tbu cuutrol ol an Indian ltiug und la ol nouos- 1
ally subject to political inllucucca Is unwurruniublc. It : y
only remains lor the irlends oi Indian civilization to 1
iroo tlioir tinuda Irom prejudice and to look carolully '
lulo the piububis oiled ol transferring Indiana to tbo j
War Department, and, it it promises lo bo uu improve- |
nicui over ilia present aystciu, then lo assist in pro- I
curiug such leg is. it i Ion us will tend lo promote the ''
causo they huvo ul heart. j I
The members ol the committees of tho llouso or i g
Representatives on military ufla'rs und Indian atlalra
expressed to lue a slicing desire lo co-oporato with tho c
missionary association* cliurgcd with tho supervision w
ol ludiun reservations In procuring the legislation
requisite to carry forward every suiiahle civilizing und
Christianizing agency. 'I ho hill reported by tbo military
committee nua tu it many excellent provisions, obliging
tbe commanders ol tbo Ocpurluieuts in whim Indiana
uro located to &ppoiut agcuts, with the coucu
reiioo ol iba Secretary ol W ar. and the inspectors rtlie
uriny to have supervision over ihem. A clause hof
been ur is to be insorled, at the instance ol tbe Incline
of Christian civilization, obliging tbe olllccrs In otuirdg
lo exclude every unmoral and injurious |tcr*uu irugo
each reservation ; lo eucouragu and promote upproprm
ate cltorls to civilize and Christianize Indians, and tlcarry
out sucti regulations iherelor as may be prco
scribed by the I'ro&idctit ul the United States. L'tidothe
last provisiou proiectiou mid encouragement wilr
be given to all that Is now boing well done for the!
benefit of the ludians, as the President of
tho United States is known tu hu lavorsble
to ludiun civilisation. 11 tbo various religious
holies agree upon a Uxcd system, such at
withholding gratuitous ratious Irom children who refuse
to attend school, aud unytliing beyond the barest
necessaries ol lile Irutn Indians who decline lo work or
to acquire civilized habits, Ac., the CiOeldcul ol tUo
Luitcd Stales will, beyond doubt, prescribe such a
rule, and the ollicer w ho baa ebarge ol the reservation
will be obliged lo put it into practice.
mo io4f i \I I^am. uv |>crauiia luai 11 iue I
Ihdiaus come under the War Department the; will be |
brought into still closer conlucl with soldiers Is ground- >
lets, lor army officers be 111; trainod to command, In- i
dmus will readily obey tbcm, under the bcliol that a
lliey will be sustained by unitary power, often render- n
nig tbo proneoce o( ironp* unnecessary. Know ing, as ,
1 do, Inost ol the division commando.s. 1 o* press con- i,
lideuuu that tbey will select :or Indian agents officers (]
ol established moral ebaracter and of special illness lor i
lite duty, and men With lumlllcs. Such a type ol man u
can raiei.v bo bad at $l,Suu a year to UU uu office likely n
to entail a permanent disgrace upou bim, arid where ,
the cost ol liviug is i.Heii very high. A captain in the ?
army receives a higher salary, obtains most ol' Ibe articles
nee.tod in bis family at ibeir tirsl cost in the great
cities, without Ircigbt or any other charges, and tic is
liopelul ol promotion. Such a military agent reprutenting
the government will be a terror to evil doers,
without, as at present, Urlngins odium on the church.
Wlib the prceemo ol Christian ministers and teachers
on the reservation, it is uu.ikely that a profane or dis- j,
solute officer will be allowed to reinatu (is agent, lor <j
that would bring disgrace upon the army.
This fear, expressed by timid people, may
be allayed by their looking back to tlio
tun* when tbo officers of the army
gave such efficient protection and countenance to the
tea hers of the frecduicn. Many of the religious bodies
having the care ol wild Indians arc even now dependent
Hi whole or in purl upon army officers lor the protection
ihal tbvir schools need, and without w hich it
would be im|H>asible to conduct thorn. A large majority
of the officers o! high grade n the nriuy arc the beat
and Iho most intelligent friends ol Indian civilization
that 1 ever mot with. The Secretary of War. who Is
entitled to the confidence ol every citizen, will undoubtedly
detail an officer to supervise the Indian Department
who is in ovcry way ttiteu lor tins Work, and
who will have the coulidcncc of the Christian cnuimuulty.
Indian wars canuot be conducted under tua
ruica usually giorining ciTinzeu wuri.irc; lliereluio
Hii* olllcer* *lin arc most suceessiul iu lighting Indians
arc usually uu.iuly censured ?>y oversensitive civilians,
(ienerula .Sherman uml Custer arc prominent typos of
tins class ol soldiers. I up).cn<l a letter written by
the latter to sliuw auollicr phase ot his character, nnd
Hi the only oiliciul interview 1 ever had with General
Sheridan he iiianilesied a stronger horror ol wrongs
t)y whiles and ol sympathy for peaceable Indians
than aic usually met with iu civilians. I also append
a letter, Just received Irotn a missionary doing |
elhcleut service with a trtlie ol Sioux Indians, to
now that th:s proposed transier Is not very objectionable
to htm, and also to reveal to tlio scoptic al
the present condition of a tribe of Sioux Indians
who, six years ago, whou 1 drat visited them, wero
lazy, degraded heathen. The facts stated iu tout letter
I can verily Irotn personal observation, and the advance
In their civilization has uo parallel that 1 know
Of. The desire expressed to visit the lud tau Territory
arises Irorn ihe lacl that oven while farmers can hardly
subsist In the region into wuleh ihese anl oilier siowx
Indians have liecu driven by tho advances ol civilization
I he use ol the Commissary and Quartermaster s
department of tho atmv will undoubtedly bo ceonomical
anu bcnedctal. and II It Is louud tliml lh?-civilization
of tho Indians it retarded by u iranster to tho Wsr
, department, surely there is power enough hcbl by tho
narciful nnd rijrM-thlnlcinr: peopla of thi* Republic t?
rocuro tlia cauiiloluiioni oi uii independent bureau.
I'uiLADki.juu, March 13, 1STG. WILLIAM WKL.S1L
. Licrrka rnoa gknkiial Olirntl.
Urauuuamtkk* Miuui.k District,)
dktkutrk.m ur Dakota, >
, a Abraham Lmroi..v D. T., ti?pt. lu, 1874. )
>r?. 8. D 1113ihan t'nliaA siaiaa lutii in C> inmiaaioner
B tr lJkAk Hiu?Ai tbi services of the t*nnt*# scouts art
io longer required. thej having Leen employed iu counuciod
with the HU.k IIilia expedition, and a# they are about
o ??l uu( uii their return to their reservation. I desire to
ixpr ?? to ynu, as their agent, my beartv approval of their
ouduct during the brief peri.nJ thev have been under my
out maud. As soldiers 1 have round them faithful, obedient
inu trustworthy, always ready to perform their duty. It
fifes tue Htlil greater pleasure to testify to their deportneut
as men. 1 doubt if the same number of Young men
leloiigmg to the white race could be collected In any eotnnnntty
of toe same site who?e niursi bearing would excel.
? eH. Vl.f1.. Bantee young men who accompanied
he Black lulls expedition. They seem to be generally freu
roui the prevailing vices usually found euioug young
nen. As a class, tney neither indulge in profanity nor
it rou g drink. One pleasant incident among tbo
riauy which characterised my visit to the Black
iills I now rccull It was during one of
mr rait in? day. in camp. I w>i (catcd aloua In my tent,
vhen nuildenly, a. if Truai the rock. ami f.rr.u of tint beauiful
region, 1 heard .lie lamlUar "Old ||?ndred" roll forth
roni a worn or more of manly voice.. Than followed Hie
ciiially familiar hymn lUn k ot and ether. not leva
mown. Cavalrymen are not noted lor their hymn .inula*
,online", and i <tc|>i>*d out.ido my leu. lo ili.< over Irom
* ""i" vwimu. *? Kr^up or Mime# vountf
nen. *ih1 I ?h?ll loug remember the pleating effect produce!
iv bearing those good old liyiun. sun/, u 1 then
lieiu. by men, or llio .on. of men. who but * few year. ago
utimed over this country In a slate of bar.arom wltduess
hi much tor the labors of Christianity tend civilisation end
o you. and through you to the K.iutoes under your charge 1
xpress ni> gratification that >u utocli baa been achieved
iley tho good work go on ie the etnc. ro with of youretrulr*
G. A. CCtJTl.lt,
Brevet Major General United States Aruiy, Commanding
ittssio.vutv cook's ntwi
Yamktox AOKXCT, Dakota, Feb. 3H.137R.
M* DeaII Mr. W stallYours of the lllth Inst. came duly
0 baud laet week The discussion at Washington about
urulng over the Indiana to the War Department hue not
.(.peered at all In the papers that have rouclied me; tlioiouru
1 am entirelv uttinformed about it. I saw that such a
ill was nit rod need by Representative Hancock. On aume
ccounts I should be triad If the Church were relieved ul the
upervlaion ol Indians and eouUi devote herself entirelv to
er proper spiritual work. Yesturjay I received the cblel
lodieiue Cow Into the Church hy baptism. He has heen
poking forward to the step fur a long tilue and haa beau un<
er Instruction since last fail. I have kept btin waiting a
..nd while to try bun and to he sure thai
t was no mere temporary fancy. II? hits
aught himself to read Dakota, uud studied the baptismal
ervice tailUlully beforehand. A tierce snowwiuiiu began
n Suturday night, and I thought there would bo scarcely
ny one at churub, but to my surprise there was nearly as
srge a congregation as usual. 1 had scut word to the
inner wnrr.or, Black Eagle, now the Christian chief Jolia
Lee, that it it wra* a calm, nlca day I slieuld he glad if ha
ould tunic up to be one of Medicino Cow's witnesses. John
ad been very sick and hud nut yet been out. To my
luasuiiient he made his appearance, riding Ulteen mite,
bruiigh the storm. He stiiu he wished so much to be presut
on the important occasion that, although it was a very
ad day, lie could not remaiu at home. Before the seeIce
wus over, however, he was obliged to retire
1 the vestry room and lio down. I bad also luv.ied
he cliiel, lletiry Swan, who lives five or six miles to
he other direction In the woods, and he also came. At the
aptisui the three ehiols look their places at the font toother
Sacred Cow received tho name of Joseph, which 111.
on, Willi.im Schvyn, a Christian youth, long ago, in sip
IcIpUtlou of baptism, selected lor him. In honor of the uneaten
?c snug two hymns Iruin our Hymnal, composed hy
is son. William Aelwya. After the Second service 1 Invited
he three cliicls to dine with us. aud that was Inlloivod oy
xhortations to Josepn Sclwyu hy the chiefs, Jului licit anil
leury Swan, and hy myself. Thus wo havu now recaived
it., the Church live out of the eight chiefs of this tribe of
'ankton Sioux Indians, also the Chief Mad IJull. who died
it the ootuniuniou ut Ihc Cliurcli three years ago. Joliu
lee is the chief In his place. Three chiefs still
land alnoi, and not only so, hut uro more or lest
he uueiuics of civilization and Christianity. llut the
v.- who are Christians do honor to their proL-sshin,
and are very lallbful in their atieudance at church
ml in laboring to extend Christianity uiiiong their people,
rhicli. ot court.), is a great Joy to us. I kept John Reo herd
?st night, and, as he heard that I am writing to you, ho
rislies to say somewhat, which I will append "My Irlend,
iir four weeks 1 have heen sick, and 1 hov. always continued
ruling to God, and lie has heard me aud rescued lue aguin
o life. From this time I think I shall always have greater
kith in Him and trust Ills church more fully than ever.
Jkli..ugli 1 have been sick in body I always hear you in
uiueiubrance. Twice I fainted and tlio people said 1 >vu>
oad. It' a until Itux many children. aud lit) U badly off tut
k>il to Rive them, lit) loads his gun mill searches the
minify lor guuic. 1 think you itrt> like that mini. Vou
re on* of God's peacemaker? ami helpers, aud through
our otfoils till) Yankton* have I.con led and theii
hildreu have liven spared to them. 1 say this because
on have secured the feeding of tlio Yanktotis. My Iriend,
want you to help us iu one thing?vis., that tivo chiefs,
jgolher with the Uev. Mr. Cook, may bo permitted to
0 and sec the Indian Territory, the proposed permanent
oino lor Indians, und Irom thence to go and see lbs 1'rssietit.
What you think about it I wish you would inform mo,
nd. If you eau, 1 wish you would cooler with the President
bout it and let me know. Agaiu, we, this winter, have hud
great dlseussioii about a lornier agent using up uur fund of
lu,UAI for a school building, pi winch we never kuew anyliing
nor ever saw the building. \V u waul to see the I'resient
about this and other things. We think ho ought to
take that agent uf his return that money. I shake hands
itu you, your wile and ehltdien. J. It.
1 devoutly wish what John says aboil* seeing the Indian
errilory might be accomplished. John Is very earnest
bout the matter, as well is some others. Luke, our Indian
eneon. sends Ins lose tb yuurscil ami lamily and says lie It
till iiiive. Last Friday twenty-live wagons passed through
ore for the Klsck Hills?the Hrst drops of the shower! Alas,
at Indians hate such an example uf lawlessness Iroiu our
wn people I Hegards tu your lamily. Sincerely yours,
Shortly alter ten o'clock yesterday lorciioon the la*
obligation as to tho causes which led to the late fatal
re at tho Home for tlio Aged, under tho charge of tin
,title Sisters of the Poor, was commenced in the hall
I the Brooklyn Morgue, before Coroners Nolan aud
Hums. The victims ol the tire, eighteen In number,
ere:?Michael Kiely, Theodore Chagol, James Hyatt,
corgo Donnelly, Herman Knglehardt, James Con*
oily, Dantol Gorman, John Cavauagh, Peter Kelly,
Idward K&rrell, Patrick llealy, Conrad Landerman,
lie Intel Cumnnui, John Harden, Nicholas l'lilor, Jobs
onroy, James Moran and Mutthow Itreeu.
Tlio deposition of the two Sisters who had been subosnoed
us wlluosaes was taken In un antechamber at
ho Morgue beforo tbo opening of tho Investigation,
inter Mary of the Apostles was the Urst witness
ailed before the Jury, and Coroner Sitnuis read hei
rrltten deposition, Sho said:?1 am the Assistant
other in charge of tho lioino (or the Aged of the
.itile Sisters ol the l'oor in this city; about twenty
mnutes to lour o'clock uu tho tnormug ol March 7 I
curd the cries of un old man; 1 arose Iroin my bed,
noked in the direction of the men's department and ,
here I saw tire; ut this lime Sister Augustine Joseph
avo the alurm ny ringing tho bell; directly 1, in comiauy
with other Sisters, went to lue iutlruiary departncul
to rescue the sick and Infirm; the Intlrinarv was
ucaled on the second lloor ol that portion ol the buildng
that wus burned; no portion of the Sisters went on
he top tloor; It was too late utier wo had taken out
II we could in the lull unary; when 1 llrst saw
he dailies they were issuing Irom the hrst floor; there
rcre eight persons un this lloor In the rear, who were
II saved ; there were two doors to the iuUrmnry depart
Lieut . tUU) wi'iq IIUI m-|I? rnM.-u, uiu muuib iu.iuiii^ iu
he stuirs lire always lell unlocked; there wa? hut out
lairway in the mule department; there are four sett
i! sluirwavs in the female department; tlio mule detriment
*?s unfinished, which accounted lor there
ittBg DM one Itaireuse; there were seventy three males
n tho building that was destroyed; seventeen worn
Lilted from the olfccta ol the smoke mid lire and one by
uinpiug from the window; lllty-uve were saved.
lister Augustine Joseph, being sworn, tcstilled
hat she reined to bod on the night of March ti about
line o'clock, utter carefully inspecting ull tho wards ol
be male department; wus not called up during tin
ngbt, the cries of tho old men, about four o'clock A.
I., first attracted her attention to the Are; wltnest
ten opened the door leading to tho yard and rang tlx
ilnriu bell, culling lor assistance; she wont to the inirmary
aud helped to carry out tho men; the building
ias heated by a furnace .In the basement; whore tho
Ire was lirst discovered there had been 110 llro lor threo
lays belore; there was a Baltimore beater In the dlnhg
room and on the lirst Hoor whore the inen slept;
>h but two whose lives were lost were on tho fourth
loor: the hrc had not made much headway wtion wit
was first discovered H; wituess never saw ihc men
uioKing iu vlolnttuu ol the rules in the wurils.
I'air.ck K. O'Brien. who built the Home lor the Aged,
ran next railed ami described the bulldiugaud lhe|K>*tioii
of the staircase; lie considered u * sale building
ud adapted to the use to which it had been put; thert
iere no lire escapes; lie did not doom thcin necessary
here; witness did not thiuk that the fourth story
oulil huve been made ilor lor egress, ou account of In
ought; he did not think people should have been put
n that Hour.
lohu W. Smith, Assistaul Kngitieer of the Fire Pe?
art men I, being duly sworn, says that the alarm lol
lie lire was received at lour A. M. precisely; Kuglnct
ion. 13 and 10 were already at work on my arrival and
look uud Ladder Company No. 4 raising their ladder;
noticed several llremen on the roof and u number at
hu windows ol the northern portion ol the building;
'.ngiucer Frost ul this tune had gone through the incrior
of the building and game.I the roof und sue
eoucd in mduoiug nnmy or mo inmates to make
heir way out by 1,10 lu'r**/; ?H?r rciuovng
tbo persons Irom ilio roof by tlx
udders "? i-oound alarm wits mint out;
also ordered So. ? Ktiglne and Truck No.
many of llio Inmates of ?tie northern portion ol
ho Home, alter being removed, made thoir way hack
igain; i>y li.ilf-pa.-t Ave A. 11., tlie pi ogress of tlx
Ire was mopped, and at hall pi-t six A. M., I ordered
ncli comp-nles aa could be spared hack lo their quarera;
n body *?? lound in the ruins by Kuginccr Unitiiiig'iinm
and wae removed to too deadruoin in the
maoinent; the wltue-s then detailed at luugth th?
abors p rlormed by the various companies ol llromea
iinong the ruins and the U tiding ol tlio bodies
Daniel Sierey, an inmate 01 the Home; Thomas Mc'oriuick,
a policeman, and John Connelly were examlied,
iiud, no new laeu being developed, the case wal
liven to the Jury, who returuod the lollowing vor
llet ?
' We, tlio |nry, llnd that seventeen persons camo It
heir death front asphyxia, at the Home lor the Aged,
imlor tr.o charge ol tin- 1.1 Ule Stslcrsol tlia I'oor, Hush?ick
avenue and Cbcsluut street, and we the Jury, inisiiell-il
to Impure into tnc death and circumstance!
illemllng this calamity, recommend dial, owing to the
tecuitar construction of the btiilulng, the fourth
loor In future should not be used as a sleeping detriment,
and that said building lie counseled by tolograph
with the nearest atallou thereto; and also that a
irit/te watchman be employed during the night to |?rol
the building; and wo lurtbar, from the evidence
given, a- cord great credit to the Sisters In control of
he premises Wo also Hud that Michael Cnminlngs
mine to Ins death by Injuries received by jumping front
i third story window "

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