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THE DAILY HEKALD, published every
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GE itM A~N I A_TffE ATRP,.
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FOOL'S REVENGE, hi h P. M. Edwin Booth.
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Culnj: to tho action ol ? portion of tba carrier* and
?rwrnicn, who are determined that the public snail
cot have the Hirald at three ccnta per copy if they
can prevent It, we have made arrangements to place tho
Herai.d in the hands of oil our readora at the reduced
prirc. Newsboys can purchase any quantity they may
desire at No, 1.266 Broai'way and No. 2 Ann street.
From our reports this morning the probabil'
Hies ore that the weather to-day trill be cold,
wrtly cloudy or clotuly, possibly with light rain
Tilden'r Majority in New York is 32,089.
Dot of 1,018,221 votes cast ouly 1,987 flut
tered their paper wings for Peter Cooper.
New Churches.?The Catholics yesterday
*t Hartford, Conn., dedicated their new Ca
thedral with imposing ceremonies, and yes
terday the Baptists held the opening services
in their new church at Fifty-third street, in
this city. Full accounts of the interesting
exercises will bo found on another page.
The Board ok Chosen Freeholders, by
which select title tho masters of Jersey
City's public expenditures are known,
appear to have a habit of overpaying
the city's creditors in a manner that recalls
the steward in the Bible. Jersey City poli
tics are, as a general thing, unfathomable
is the ScUleswig-Holstein question; but here
is something to hang to.
What Ex-Goverxor Curun thinks of the
situation in the doubtful States may be
gathered from an interview published in
uuothcr column. His opinion of tho Louisi
ana Returning Board is not very cheering,
but he thinks the democratic majority too
great to bo entirely whittled away. His
reasons why negroes voted tho democratic
ticket arc suggestive.
Our Foreign Trade.?A summary of the
Secretary of State's report on the com
mercial relations of the United States with
foreign countries for 187l? is printed in to
day's Herald. It shows the balance of
trade still against us. The causes which
operate to depress commerce appear to have
world-wide effect. America's share in this
depression is not, however, by any means
Yesterday's Sermons were, like the
weather, far Irom dry. The Rtorm bad no
perceptible effect in thinning tho congrega
tions at the various places of worship, aud
the ministers, perhaps in appreciation of
this fact, vied with their hearers in
honoring the Lord of Hosts. A great
many of tho subjects chosen were
of tho apparently dismal side of religion.
Father Farrelly, like other Catholic divines,
dealt with the Day of Judgment. Iter.
Mr. Chadwick preached on "The Good
there is in Evil." Mr. Hepworth con
sidered the bruised reed. Mr. Frothingliam
dilated on the advantages of unpopularity.
Mr. Beccher besought the Christian to
?'prove all things." Mr. Henson, at the
Fifth Avenue Baptist church, examined
Christian development, and Father Dina
ban, O. P., gave a glowing exposition of
fraternal charity.
A Great Opportunity for Ik* Demo
cratic Party.
The democratic party has been singularly
fortunate in this State this fall. It has
elected a Governor for the State and a Mayor
for this city, both of whom are citizens of
mark and distinction, men of honor, public
spirit and undoubted capacity. Both are
committed by all their antecedents to pure
and economical administration and to the
exercise of their powers for the benefit of
the people and not of their party allies.
Both take hold of power with the new year,
and we wish to point out to them and to the
influential democrats with whom naturally
they will advise that they have a remarkable
opportunity to serve at the same time the
people of the State and city and their own
party interests.
The country is at last thoroughly awake to
the necessity of a reform in the civil service.
It has seen for many years, and never more
conspicuously than in the recent political
canvnss, the office-holders used to influence
political action and tho country burdened
with the payment of men who gave their
time and skill to party management.
A reform of this great and continually grow
ing abuse is imperatively demanded. The
people require that appointments to office
shall be made for fitness and fidelity, and
not as the reward of partisan services ; and
they require further that the occupant of a
subordinate office shall not be turned out if
he is capable and honest, but shall hold his
place regardless of his political opinions.
It seems to us that Governor Kobinson and
Mayor Ely have an unusual opportunity to
gain public npproval for themselves and
their party by using every effort and all
their constitutional powers in aid of this re
Governor Robinson will, at th? opening
of his administration, have the duty of se
lecting two of the most important State
officers, the Superintendent of Public Works
and State Prison Inspector, who take the
plnce of two boards under the constitutional
amendments. The high character and long
experience in State affairs of the new Gov
ernor leave us in no doubt that he will make
excellent selections for these places. Indeed,
this matter could not be in safer hands. But
we advise him not to stop there. He ought
to lose no time in scrutinizing the character
and fitness of all the State officers over whom
he, together with the Senate, has the power
of removal and appointment. Some of these
ore democrats, more are republicans ; many
are capable and honest officers, some per
haps are neither, and some, no doubt, are
superfluous. The fact that the Senate is re
publican will not, we hope, deter him from
recommending removals where he finds im
proper persons holding office or resisting
changes where the public interests would
not clearly be benefited. In the present
temper of the public neither party will von
turo to oppose measures of reform, and no
Governor of New lork for many years has
had so good an opportunity as Mr. Robinson
will have to institute and establish a reform
atory policy. Whatever the politicians may
say or do the people of the State, regardless
of party lines, will zealously support him in
all he does or attempts in this direction, for
everybody knows that the public service
needs to be purified and established on a per
manent and sound business basis..
What is true of Governor Robinson is
equally true of Mayor Ely. He has n great
and singular opportunity to benefit the city,
and he will have the support of all good
citizens in his efforts. We do not doubt
that he will use his "patronage" for the
public interest. But this, at present, is
only a negative virtue. We advise him to
go further; to examine carefully the civil
service of the city ; to prune excrescences ;
to remove idle, incapable and oorrupt men ;
to insist on the abolition of sinecures; to
retain and make secure in their places capa
ble and faithful public servnnts; in short,
to uso all his influence fearlessly to estab
lish here in the administration of munici
pal affairs the same system which he would
insist on in his own private business.
II in pursuing such a policy Governor
Robinson and Mayor Ely should find them
selves confronted by the opposition of
politicians, no matter of what party, they
need not fear or hesitate. They will have the
support of all honest citizens, and of the
most influential-indeed, the only influen
tial?presses. They will gain reputation by
fidelity to the people, and can lose it only
by submission to the politicians.
The democratic party is fortunate that it
has the power to lead the way in t{iis ur
gently needed reform hero in the most pop
ulous State and in the principal city of the
I nion, and no less fortunate that the two
officers whom it has just chosen arc men
who lavor such a reform, and have the abil
ity nnd strength to carry it out. If Mr.
Tilden should become President Governor
Robinson and Mayor Ely can do very much
in this direction to strengthen his hands,
to enable him to resist partisan pressure nnd
to keep the public attention fixed in his
Bupport. If Mr. Hayes should become
President the democratic party cannot wish
for a better opportunity to gain the public
confidence than it will find in the energetic
action of the Governor nnd Mayor of New
York toward reforming the civil service of the
State and city. The public no longer donbts
that economy nnd purity in administration,
whether of city, State or federal government,
can be obtained only by fixity of tenure in
the subordinate public offices, and by con
ferring thrso minor places only for capacity
and integrity. But this is not all. The
recent political canvass has proved conclu
sively that a serious danger menaces us,
unless we relieve our political struggles
from the pressure of office-seekers and office
holders. It is these two classes?small in
numbers, but virulent in temper?who in
fuse such bitterness into our political con
tests. Eliminate their zeal, their intrigues,
their unscrupulous efforts, and a Presiden
tial election wonld be n quiet, almost a tamo
affair ; for neither conld maladministration
proceed to such lengths, nor would the
party in power lie tempted, or be able if it
wished, to compel the whole force of its
office-holders to its defence.
We repeat, the democratic party in this
State hns a great opportunity beloro it, the
greatest which any party here has had for
many years. If Mr. Hayes becomes Presi
dent, it is clear to everybody that he mast
either give tip civil service reform or incur
such opposition within his party as will
probably break it up. Mr. Tiltlen, as I res
ident, may have no better fortune. But in
this State and city this important and, in
deed, vital reform can be established with
out injury to the party, but, on the contrary,
with a oertainty that it will win public favor
and support by its efforts. We congratulate
Governor Robinson and Mayor Ely in ad
vance upon their opportunities and hope
they will begin at the beginning by gratify
ing the people with a promise on this sub
ject in their inaugural messages.
Bsllibary at Vienas.
The Marquis of Salisbury at Vienna is re
ported to have stated that England does not
oppose Russia in principle. The upholding
I of the sovereignty of the Porte is England s
aim; but she does not consider this will be
invaded by Turkey giving guarantees to the
co-operating Powers for carrying out the re
forms demanded of her by Russia. This may.
be taken as a notice that Great Britain
will not oppose the reforms in the condition
of the Porte's Christian subjects, but will
keep her objections for what may be stated
from the English point of view as the mate
rial aims of Russian policy. Upon this
point we have a despatch stating that Russia
and England are agreed upon the irritating
"material guarantees," with some trifling
exception in Bulgaria. Unfortunately noth
ing is trifling in this matter, and, hopeful
as the situation may appear, we do not see
that either of the great contestants has re
laxed its warlike preparations. While,
therefore, the peaceful efforts are making,
each Power must look keenly to the eventu
ality which the conference seeks to a\ oid.
The city whence the above quoted definition
emanates has been the latest scene of Eng
land's endeavor to put her championship of
the Mohammedan Power in a favorable light.
We fancy Lord Salisbury will not have
grown much hopes there on the prospect
of an Anglo-Austrian alliance should the
worst come to the worst. The letter from
that city, which we publish elsewhere, will
convey to our readers a pretty clear idea of
how impossible it is at present for the much
mixed Austro-Hungarian Empire to make
an active alliance with anybody. The atti
tude of Hungary to Turkey, growing
out of its hatred of Russia, is in itself
embarrassing to a Power anxious to
obtain a little territory at Moslem ex
pense ; but, apart from Francis Jo
seph's obligations to Russia, he ipust
shape his policy almost wholly with the
view of not offending the master of the
Kaisers in Berlin. So long as Germany and
Russia are agreed Austria will have her
policy shaped for her, and at present that
seems to be keeping quiet. Lord Salisbury
will probably proceed to Constantinople j
with this impressed on his mind. Andrassy
may tender him the right hand, but must
give the left hand to Gortschakoff and allow
both to take what comfort they can from the
shake. Meanwhile the Russian warships
have sailed from Naples, destination un
The Weather Prophet.
I "About this time expect rain."?Old Alma
nac. "A southerly wind and a cloudy sky
proolaim it a hunting morning."? Old Song.
"A ring around the moon brings rain.Old
fhrmer. Such sayings as these not long ago
were the only weather predictions we had,
and as they were rather vague they were
never either exactly wrong nor exactly right.
No one could accurately say just how the
stormy winds would blow, nor when the
rain would fall upon the umbrellas of the
just and unjust But now a new system has
been established. The Benevolent Order of
Weather Prophets has undertaken to furnish
us with authentic prophecies as to what the
weather will be days beforehand, and thus
to save the country much anxiety and
trouble. By these prophecies the prudent
citizen carries hia cone or umbrella, the
farmer gathers in his crops, the lover ar
ranges his wedding and the children their
picnics. Such revelations are more useful
than predictions about the end of the
world or the approoch of the millennium,
though they are not as majestic and im
A good weather prophet believes himself
infallible, and rejoices in the fulfilment of
his angaries. Rather than be disappointed
when he annonnces a storm he would gladly
walk miles in the rain, that ho might have
the satisfaction of saying "I told you so" to
the world. There is nothing so gloomy to
him as a clear sky when ho hns predicted a
falling barometer and partly cloudy weather.
In such cases he is the centre of an area of
depression which makes him an object of
compassion. It, trusting to the thermome
ter, he proclaims that the next day will be
warm, he will be seen guylj' walking down
the street in tho morning without an over
coat or even gloves, and it is possible that
probably he may wear white pants and a
straw hat. "Quite warm," he will remark
to his friends, though the mercury may
almost fall to zero. Tho weather prophet
would rather bo frozen than admit that he is
incorrect in his predictions. But, like
all other prophets, he is rarely with
out a good explanation. Dr. Cuinmings has
repeatedly named the date of tho end of the
world, but when the world rolled on as
usual he was never without a fair excuse
for the grave disappointment. In like man
ner the weather prophet is never at a loss;
tho meteors are deflected by mountains from
their paths, or tornadoes fali innocent vio
tims to the fury of the vindictive Gulf
Stream. In short, the weather may often be
wrong, but the prophet is invariably right.
But there are good and bad prophets, just
as in old times there wore the oracles of
Beelzebnb, prince of the powers of the air,
and the prophets of Israel. There are sev
eral thousand weather prophets in the
United States, and some of them seek to
penetrate the future beyond the power of
mortal vision. Altogether they are a scien
tific and valunble body, and it is astonish
ing with what accuracy the network of sig
nals and the comparisons of the Central
Bureau at Washington enable them to an
nounce the movements of winds, tho ap
proach of storms and the rise or fall of tem
perature. It is not surprising that Mr.
Proctor, the astronomer, should have de
clared our signal scrvico the best in tho
The Oregon Elector*.
The democratic Governor of Oregon re
fuses to issue a certificate of the election of
Watts, a postmaster voted for as a Presiden
tial elector, who would have been entitled
to the certificate had he not been ineligible.
In the similar case in Vermont the State
canvassers decided that their duties were
merely ministerial, and Sollace, the ineligi
ble postmaster, receives a certificate of elec
tion on the presumption that he will not
serve and that the other electors will fill the
vacancy with a republican. But Governor
Grover, of Oregon, intends to give a certifi
cate to Coghlan, the democrat receiving the
highest number of votes, and on the strength
of this certificate Coghlan will seek to act
with the Electoral College and cast his vote
for Tilden and Hendricks. The republicans
will attempt to prevent this by judicial ac
tion ; but they may not succeed, and in that
case Mr. Tilden will have a majority of the
electors on the face of the certificates sent to
the President of the Senate to be counted.
Such a contingency would necessitate a
change of programme on tho part of the re
publicans. It has seemed to be their inten
tion, of late, to take the ground that the cer
tificates sent from the several States arc con
clusive evidence of the choice of electors and
that neither the President of the Senate nor
Congress has any authority to go behind
them. This would be a safe position for the
republicans if the electornl votes of the three
disputed States sufficed to elect Hayes. But
it would avail them nothing if Tilden should
have a majority in the other States. If the
Electoral College of Oregon gives two
votes for Hayes and one for Tilden
the only possibility of defeating Til
den lies in rejecting tho ono democratic
vote from Oregon. To do this the republi
cans will be forced to change their tactics
and to discard the doctrine that the regular
certificates received by the President of the
Senate are conclusive. But if Congress can
go behind the Oregon certificates they can
also go behind tho certificates from South
Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, and the
republicans will be equally at sea whether
they maintain that it requires both houses
to reject an electoral vote or only one. If it
requires the consent of both tho House will
decline to reject the disputed Oregon vote
and Tilden will have a majority. If one
house alone can reject votes those of the
three disputed States will pretty certainly
bo thrown out. With so much depending
on one vote the proceedings in Oregon will
bo watched with lively interest.
No Privateer*.
It was telegraphed from Europe the other
day that some Americans had already made
application to the Russian government for
letters of marque, and were prepared to fit
out armed cruisers to prey on British com
merce as soon as war should be declared.
In his mind's eye the unreflecting patriot in
whose bo om the memory of the Alabama
still rankles saw an opening chance to get
a new hold on those "indirect damages,"
and contemplated visions of havoc by com
parison with which the achievements of
the Confederate cruiser were so small that
they might be readily forgotten in a
not distant future. There is no doubt
that if privateers could be accepted by
Russia the seas might Bwarm with
most efficient and well-armed craft that
would do groat harm to English com- 1
merce in eoso there should be war between
the two countries, and England would find |
her whole navy so occupied with the war i
proper that she could do quite as little to I
pursue privateers as our government did
when cruisers against our commerce issued
from British ports. But England and Rus
sia are not yet at war, and if war should
actually ensue there will be no privateers, as
the enterprising Americans in Russia have
doubtless already learned. Privateering is
abolished by the law of Europe, and Russia
is one of the nations whose accredited repre
sentatives signed the declaration abolish
ing it April 16, 1856. There is only
a very slight chance that enterprise
will have a great field in that direction.
The abolition of privateering is one of four
points agreed upon by the Powers as having
a common obligation ; and if one ot these
points is violated by any Power its enemy
would be released from the others. These
are?that a neutral flag oovers an enemy's
goods, except contraband of war ; that neu
tral goods, with the same exception, are
free in an enemy's ship, and that block
ades must be effective. These are points
through which an arrogant commander of
an nrmed ship might upset the whole agree
ment between governments, and it is not
improbable that an offensive violation of
any one of these would lead to a resort to
privateering. The three rules of the Ala
bama treaty bind our government to do its i
utmost to prevent the use of American ports
for the equipment of privateers ; but our
government might prove as little able to
wrestle with this difficulty as other govern
ments have been.
Aiit Students and the Academy.?Now
that the National Academy of Design has
succeeded in reaching a sonnd financial con
dition it is fitting that greater facilities
shonld be offered to art students than can
at present be found within its walls. Owing
to the want of funds the directors some time
ago felt themselves justifiod in the tempo
rary suspension of important classes of in
struction, compelling the advanced students
f'n self-defence to organize an "Art Students'
league." In doing this the students showed
an energy and earnestness above all praise;
but however well intentioned the efforts of
private societies of this kind may be they
cannot hope to advantageously supply the
place of the National Academy of Design.
We hope, therefore, that the direotors of the
Academy will show their interest in the de
velopment of art culture in America by tak
ing again their natural place as the helpers
and instructors of the rising generation of
.artists, and in this way proving to the public
that they are well worthy of the very gener
ous support they have received from the
public during the past summer.
(Iterations on thr Yellowstone.?The
account published in another column of tlio
military operations on the Yellowstone shows
that the duties of the soldier are as hazard
ous as they are unpleasant. The country
lends itself to ambuscade, and the wily red
men are not slow to use every advantage the
ground offers to inflict annoyance and loss
on onr troops. The steadiness of the in
fantry, combined with the superior range of
their gnnB, make them formidable adver
saries, and the red men have already learned
to give them a wide berth ; bnt the absence
of cavalry prevents effective punishment of
the red enemies, yet the moral influence ex
ercised by the infantry must in the end
convince even the wildest Indian that a con
test with the white man is hopeless, and
must end in submission or extermination.
Disgraceful Tampering with the Lou
isiana Returns.
Since the droll adventure of "honest Jack
Falstaff," so divertingly represented by the
great dramatist, there has been no escapade
quite so amusing in its wickedness as the
one reported in our columns yesterday from
Louisiana. The enormous lies told by the
fat old swiller of sack as to the number of
men in buckram he so valiantly encountered,
and his secret hacking of his own sword to
give plausibility to his story, did not put
him to greater shame when his nimble
falsehoods were exposed by Prince Hal and
Poins than must be felt by the republicans
of Louisiana at the way they have gotten tip
this evidence about the Ku Klux in buck
ram whom they encountered at the polls.
Falstaff*s hacking his sword to give color to
his unconsoionable lies and his magnifying
the two men in buckram with which
the fat knave began his tale to eleven
before ho got through, was not more
ridiculous than the "bull-dozing" tales
of the Louisiana Falstaffs and their
fabrication of evidence to support them.
There is this difference, however, that
the fat old sinner in Shakespeare was
caught in a trap set by his fun-loving young
companions, wherens the Louisiana knaves
who pretend to have fought so many Ku
Klux and bull-dozers have themselves set
the trap in which they are so ridiculously
The problem how the apple got into the
dumpling, or how the carved wooden image
got into the narrow-mouthed glass bottle
which enclosed it, cannot rival the problem
how a protest against an eleotion return,
dated November 25, got into a sealed letter
whose postmark shows that it was mailed
November 18. Que dutbie all/iit il faire dans
cttte ijalbre f How the devil did the protest
get into the envelope seven days after the
latter was sealod and mailed and five hun
dred miles from the place where the protest
was dated ? There can be no doubt at all
how the thing was done, considering that a
little hot steam will soften the gum of a
sealed envelope, and that it can be opened
and reclosed as easily as an applo can be put
into a dumpling. The date of the protest
shows that it was bogus and was surrepti
tiously prepared and enclosed in New
In this exquisite Falstafflan performance
our noted fellow townsman, Mr. E. W.
Stoughton, supplies the quick turns and
nimble excuses by which a vain attempt is
made to parry exposure. But Mr. Stough
ton's readiness of wit cannot help the
thing through. When the members
of the Returning Board were abashed
and nonplussed the prompt Mr. Stoughton
suggested that it was "a clerical error." No
doubt it was ; but where and by whom was
the clerical error committed ? Mr. Stough
ton is also said to have suggested that the
protest was prepared and signed in De Soto
on the 25th, the day the return was opened.
But Falstaff was never more promptly re
futed than Mr. Stoughton was by Mr. Cave
nac, who told him that "De Soto is five
hundred miles from New Orleans," show
ing that Mr. Stoughton is not very
strong in the geography of Louisi
ana. "A clerical error" no doubt it
was, but a clerical error perpetrated by the
forger of the protest, who in the haste with
which he did his clandestine work unwit
tingly put the stamp of fraud upon it by
giving the date when it was written, instead
of dating it back to correspond with the
document it accompanied. Such a clerical
error would not have been committed in De
Soto seven days previous, but it was the
most natural thing in the world in New
Orleans, where the fraud was perpetrated in
haste and the unconscious writer put down
the actual day of the month.
Senator Sherman is to bo commended for
his honest expression of opinion that the
protest was smuggled into the envelope in
New Orleans. "He said that there could be
no question but whut the returns had been
tampered with and opened here. The evi
dence was conclusive that the Supervisor or
some ono else had opened them and placed
in the packago the affidavits." But, after this
honest avowal, we are puzzled to conceive
how Senator Sherman could havo added that
he "doubted if it was done with criminal in
tent." How such a fraud could have been
done with an honost intent passes compre
hension. It is the duty of all the republi
cans present from other States to denounce
such frauds and warn the perpetrators that
they will ruin the party if they do not make
an honest count of the votes. If they elect
a President by such knavery they will soon
realize the truth of a very old maxim, that
"the triumph of the wicked is short."
Polab Explobation hns attracted the at
tention of the public since the return of the
British expedition from the Arctic seas.
The failure of that attempt and the reasons
assigned therefor by Captain Narcs have
caused much discussion in England
and America as to the possibility
of reaching the Pole by the Smith
Sound route. We print on another page the
opinions of an English whaling cuptain who,
on the strength of many years' experience
in the Arctic seas, insists on the entire prac
ticability of attaining latitude 90 north. He
says, however, that it is impossible to do so
by Smith Sound, and advances some strong
arguments in support of his theory.
Chubch and Staok.?The address of Pro
fessor Blnckie, delivered before the Greek
class in the Edinburgh University on this
theme, will well repay perusal. It meets
the Puritanical opponents of the theatre
squarely on their own ground. Coming
from a profound scholar and a devout
Christian it will give the ignorant desk
thumpers who object to all theatricals but
their own a particularly fine-tempered
Scotch file to gnaw upon
The W?athcr.
The local conditions are unfavorable, and
it is probable that the weather will not clear
np for several days. Off the coast of Nova
Scotia the pressure continues very low,
being recorded at only 29.19 inches at Plaia
ter Cove last evening. The depression
which passed over the lakes on Saturday
and the Middle States yesterday has merged
with the coast disturbance, forming now one
area of low barometer, of which the isobai
29.60 extends westward to the lakes. Anothei
depression is central in the Upper Missis
sippi Valley, and will probably reaoh Lake
Michigan during this morning. From pres
ent indications this will also unite with the
Nova Scotia disturbance, causing a further
decrease of pressure and the probable
development of a great storm in the
vicinity of Newfoundland. In the South
the barometer has fallen considerably, so
that at present there is not a point in the
United States or Canada, east of the Rocky
Mountains, except in southern Florida, where
the barometer registers the mean pressure of
thirty inches. This remarkable phenomenon
is so rarely observed that it presents a fea
ture of our meteorology worthy of the closest
examination by scientists. It is almost cer
tain to be followed by high winds and ths
development of Atlantic storms, which will
be felt severely on the European coast The
temperature is almost uniform northward
of the thirty-fifth parallel as far as the upper
lakes, with an increase toward the South
west. Rain prevails in the West and snou
and rain in the Middle and Eastern Statei
and Canada. The conditions indicate i
?'norther" for Texas and cold winds on the
Atlantic coast The weather at New York
to-day will bo cold and partly cloudy or
cloudy, possibly with light rain and snow.
South Carolina's Returning Board still
remains in jail. Gunpowderish rumors float
northward from the Palmetto State, and
affect the equanimity of the authorities at
Washington. The situation is grave,
but the signs of any violent outbreak are
wanting in definiteness. We advise all
parties to keep the peace. It is stated that
the republicans have subscribed the amount
of the fines imposed by the Supreme Court
on tho members of the ReturningfiBoard, who
might be tempted to purge themselves of
contempt if they thought there was any
chance of their being called on to pay these
fines themselves. The tactics of this party
are a curious study at the present time.
Banks ts sixty.
Mark Twain Is engaged on a now play.
Los Angeles, Cat, has 12.000 Inhabitants.
Major Pangborn, of Jersey City, Is In Washington.
Ex-Covcrnor l'almor, or Illinois, was born In Ken.
^Thoro will be Ave German-Americans In the next
fl<M*Dufhure holds that the ??falsification" of wine il
* MrTcox says that hlf election to the Speakership 11
MMr.Veeeber drew very large andlonces while In New
New Hampshire donghnnts are being trotted out lot
overshoes. , . _ .
W ,11 somebody please say that this is snow joke el
the season? .... ...
Richmond democrats say that there will be no fight.
Idk In that city. .
General Benjamin F. Bntler, of MassachnsetU, Is at
the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Montgomery Blair says that Wade Hampton Is one o(
the greatest men of the age. ...
Tho St. Louis Olobc-Drmocrat wants to know who tl
the Ideal Congressman. Guosa It is old Race Tucker,
with Butler clinging to his hair.
Ex Governor Gaston, of Massachusetts, declines U
be a candidate for Mayor of Boston.
Count Frederick Posse, Centennial Commissioner foi
Sweden, is at the St. Nicholas Hotel.
Tho BritUK Quarterly thinks that Herbert Spencer
and bis ??Philosophy" are greatly overrated.
Norrlstown Herald:?The girl of the period? Eleo.
tlon VI.-Exchange. We thought her name wan
Louisa Anns.
President 8tnlth, of Dartmouth College, has been
suffering from a slight attack of pneumonia lor a few
days, but Is recovering.
Baron Blano, Italian Minister at Washington, re
turned to this citv yesterday from Philadelphia, and Is
at tho Albemarle Hotel.
The St. Loots Republican, a democratic paper, ap
peals to republicans, asking them to let the democrats
have everything their own way.
Springfield (Mass.) R publican .?"The quantities of
flowers whlcn Tildcn is reoelving dally are rather sug
gestive ol a funeral?or a wedding.'
Mr. Robert M. Reynolds, United States Minister to
Bolivia, arrived lrom Asptnwall In tho steamshl? -
Acapulco yesterday, and is at the St. Nicholas Hotel.
Augusta (Ga) CAn>?ic??.?"The postmasters seem to
have gotten the radicals into a pretty muddle. Tho
obituary or the party will road :-? Died ol loo mueh
Colonel Bee, a farmer ol California owning 317,00ft
acres of land, says that as workmen the Chinese an
faithful, whilo discharged soldiers are bummers; bis
be admits that ho himself sometimes gets tight
Senator Paddock, of Nebraska, was a country boy ol
Warren county, In New York, and went to Omaha U
pract.se law In 1857; has been Governor of Wyoming
and succoeded the blatant Parson Tipton as Senator.
Senator Conovor. or Florida, Is only thlrty-slx. He
was a New Jersey boy, and having served as assistant
surgeon during tho war and having boon sent to
Florida, has remained there with bis little carpet bag
ever since.
At Los Angoles the vonerable Plo Pico, away back tn
ISoU or 1853, staked $00,020 on a horse race and lost
Saddle and bridle were takon off the winning horso
and ho was turned out to grass lor the rest ol his days
by the grateful winner.
l>r. Schlleinann has just discovered a grand subter
raucan chamber filled with gold and silver plato at th?
supposed tomb ol Cassandra. Fastened to one of th.
jewel caskets was found at} ivory pawn ticket covered
with delicate Greek charactera
The silver springs just discovered In Oregon aro re
markable. Tho water, are impregnated ^?thliqaldl
silver so that an Iron bar floats " th" * J?*
rr recently rowed across one of them and found $13
worth of precious metal in the basket work ol hi.
Tgirl stopped at Toledo, where she said shohsd
been bctravod into a mock marriage and deserted. A
kind family took her In and loaned the wretched girl
185 to Take her to her parents' home and pardon.
Upon inquiry it was discovered that there were no
such parooti
Colonel G. Greenwood has written an Important book
describing a tree-lllter and telling how to transplant
large trees with success. Ilo choosos trees from
twenty to thirty feet hlgn, and cuts all large branches
closo to the stom; the ground to the depth of three
lect la loft to the roots, tho small librcs being cut away.
Bumuel Choate, ol Portland, Tor twelve years a fire
man on tho Maine Central Railroad, ts tn lock. Ho bat
had to pick out a scanty living for hlmsell slnco he
was ibrco years old, whon bis lather was thought to
have died ot a lever in California. But now the old
gentleman conies back rolling In wealth and Is te lak.
! hi* son home to Man Francisco next wcok.
Saturday Herie,r:?"V,\T i, It would seem, are by
nature more inclined to untruthfulness thnn boys; but
this Inclination is really very often the result of moral
coward toe, a dcloct which It may be said is a* common
to boys and men as to girls nnd womon. Among mo.
the practice ol falsehood Is, pcrnaps, not more rar.
thnn among women, but it i* up* ? *???
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