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NEW YORK, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13. 1878. NOTICE TO NEWSDEALERS AND THE PUBLIC. Owing to tbo action of a portion of the carriers, newsmen and news companies, who are determined that tbo public shall not bave the Herald at tbree cents per copy II tbor can prevent it, we bare made arrangements to place the Herald In tbe bands of all oar readers at tho reduced prloe. Newsboys and dealers can purchase any quantity tbey may desire at No. 1,206 Broadway and No. 2 Ann street, and also from our wagons on tbe principal avenues. All dealers who bave l>een threatened by the news com panies are requested to send In their orders direct to us, at No. 2 Ann RtreeL From our reports this morning the probabilities are that the weather to-dciu icil' be warmer and cloudy or partly cloudy, with light snow or rain, followed by clearing weather. Wall Street Yesterday.?The stock mar ket was excited and prices declined, although there was a slight recovery at the close. Gold opened at 107J, fell to 107 and ad vanced to 107), which was the last price. Government bonds continne weak, but their activity shows the presence of a fair demand. Railway mortgages were generally steady. Money on call closed at 2 and 3 per cent liter rating at 6 and 7 per cent. An Important Decision was made by Justice Morgan yesterday in the suit of George W. Hollender, a barroom proprietor, against the Excise Commissioners for grant ing him a license to sell liqnor. .In dismiss ing the case the Jndge emphatically states that the Commissioners acted strictly ac cording to law. The Fast Mail?The whole country will rejoice to learn that the fast mail trains are lo restore to the people the postal facilities vhich have been so severely missed dnring Ihe past few months. Tho old system has been almost nncndnrable to bnsincss men and newspaper readers since they have learned with what promptitude their letters and papers could be forwarded under a live postal policy, and they have had excellent reason to complain that economy should have been attempted in a branch of the service in which the extreme expense is so trifling when compared with the magni tude of the interests which it affects. The official credit of the renewal of the enter prise is to be divided between Postmaster General Tyner and General Superintendent Vail but success would have been impos sible bad not leading railway managers met the department in a friendly and liberal spirit. Tax Rapid Change in tho weather is kaving a terrible effect upon the poor of the city. Even during the summer months the destitute have a battle to fight with the wolf, hunger, of which the well-to-do know little. But when the biting touch of winter strikes their thinly clad bodies gaunt famine has an ally which renders the struggle in tolerable. While every metropolis has its poor that must suffer, because they aro unknown and prefer to die rather than beg, thero are many who can be easily found through tho means of our char itable societies. It is their duty to send out into the byways and carry them suc cor. If money is needed they have but to make the fact known, and it will bo forth soming. In another column will be found an account of misery that well might startle Into action even those accustomed to wretch edness. It is better to give a lew dollars to a starving man than to buy him a coffin. It sosts no more and only a little trouble. Will otpr charitable societies go to tho poor, tad not wait to havs the poor come to thorn?. The Presidential Complication. It was an object of djsep Bolicitnde with the founders of our government that the executive power should bo peaceably trans mitted ill the frequent chanties of adminis tration incident to our political system. While intending to establish the responsi bility of the Chief Magistrate to the people by short terms and ever-recurring elections they also sedulously guarded uguinst civil disturbances arising out of u disputed choiee. Recognizing the just supremacy of the popular will they still judged it better that popular hopes should be sometimes disappointed than that the public tran quillity should bo put in jeopardy by the uncertain result of a Presidential election. When the majority for one candidate is large anil, therefore, nnquestionable, the system they established gives efficiency to the popular will. When the majority is small and doubtful, or when no candidate huppens to receive a majority, they deemed it of higher consequence to avoid turbulent controversies than to give the elec tion to the candidate having the highest number of votes. Their theory seemed to be that when a candidate was strongly desired or was peculiarly ob noxious, the votes of the people would clearly declaro their will; and the fact that a candidate had either a donbtful majority or none proved that the preference was not so decided as to make the wish of one set of voters paramount to the peace of the country. The whole body of citizens have an interest in peace, and when onPlr a minority or a doubtful major ity have an interest in the success of a can didate the fromers of the constitution wisely decided that the interest of a part should be subordinated to the interest of the whole. Our system accordingly contemplates the occasional election of a minority President. Whenever the election goes into the House of Representatives the lowest candidate in a list of three may be constitutionally elected. Had it happened in the present contest that Mr. Hayes had received one hundred and eighty-four electoral votes, Mr. Tilden one hundred and eighty-four nnd Mr. Cooper one vote, Mr. Cooper might have been elected by the House of Rep resentatives in perfect conformity to the constitution. The House is not required to elect the highest candidate, but one of the highest three. It is at perfect liberty to elect the lowest of the three and bestow the office on the candidate who was the choice of the smallest number of citizens. The majority principle prevails in our system when the majority is clear and indis putable ; but rather than have the country plunged into the horrors of civil strife the frnmers of the constitution thought it better to have a President for whom but a small fraction of the people voted. John Quincy Adams had less than thirty per cent of the popular vote nnd only about thirty-two per cent of the electoral votes, and yet he was a constitutional President. It was cosier to have it so than to go through the turmoil of a new election, when there was so little concentration of popular senti ment. It was infinitely wiser to have it 89 ( than to imperil great interests by a resort to violence. Whenever it so happens that there is not strong preponderance in favor of one candidate or one party our po litical controversies are adjourned to the next Presidential election, when popular sentiment may declare itself with more em phasis. This, then, is tho tendency of our political system to make the majority om nipotent when the fact of a majority is not open to dispute, but to bridge over con troversies and Bubmit temporarily to minority rule when the public Vill is not unmistakably declared or not clearly ascertained. This is the spirit of our system. It recognizes tho rights of majorities, hut guards against civil commo tions. When public sentiment is tolerably united it is sure to prevail, but when it is divided it is better to give it time to mature and consolidate, even if the Presidency is given meanwhile to the man who has the smallest number of votes. In 1821 a minority candidate became Presi dent; but four years later there was sncli a concentration in favor of General Jackson, who was defeated in 1824, although he had the highest number of electoral votes, that in 1828 he had a ma jority of nearly five to one in the Electoral Colleges. How much better it was to await this action of the people than it would have been to disturb the peace of the country in behalf of a defeated candidate! If, as seems not unlikely, Mr. Hayes should be inaugurated as tho next President, the democrats will quietly submit, as they did to the election of John Quincy Adams, and make a successful appeal to tho people as tlicy did then. They are too patriotic to put all business interests in jeopardy by revolutionary resistance. They aro too sensible to turn public opinion against them by disturbing tho value of property and keeping the country in tur moil when they may so safely trust to the future verdict of the people. If they have not a strong case they will be crushed be neath the weight of public odium if they trifle with great public interests in a vain pursuit of party advantage. If they have a strong caso they may safely commit it to the future decision of the people. They have everything to gain by modera tion, wisdom, patriotism and a frank renun ciation of scllish aims?everything to lose by madly imperilling the business interests of the country. Tho democratic party could not survive a violent, revolutionary resist ance to tho election of Air. Hayes if ho should be declared entitled to tho office. No reasonable democrat can doubt that Mr. Hayes would make a President of a very different typo from General Grant. He is a conservative, law-abiding citizen, lie would never think of employing the army to control elections or interfere with State legislatures, lie is a law yer by profession and would never over ride the law by military force. He is committed to specie payments, commit ted to civil service reform, is liberal in his sentiments toward the South, aud has an undisguised detestation of tho rascally methods of the carpet-bag r/ijime. No rea sonable men can doubt that an exchange of Grant for Hayes would be a great relief to the country, and especially to the South. But if the democrats should resort to violence in resisting the election of Hayes the}' may create a situa tion which would retain Grunt in power and lead to the substitution of military l'orce for the supremacy of law. It is worth while to get quietly rid of President Grant, even by the sacrifice of imme diate party interests. There is every reason for expecting that Mr. Hayes would be a conservative, law-respecting as well as hon est President, and attempts to keep him out or to depose him by revolutionary methods would be a fatal political blunder on the part of the democratic party. In all human probability Mr. Hayes will be our next President, and if the democratic party is patriotic and magnanimous enough to accept this result when it finds that appeals to Congress and pnblic opinion can nont prevent it, there is no reason for fearing that he will not treat it with fairness and justice. We have no doubt that the South would bo as well governed under him as under Mr. Tilden. We have no doubt that he would take the advice of the best class of Southerners in his treatment of that sec tion. We believe that his policy wonld be in all respects considerate and concil iatory if tho democratic party gives him fair treatment after his inaugura tion. All his sympathies are with the lib eral clement of tho republican party. With one branch of Congress opposed to him in politics ho wonld be bound over to good behavior, even if fairness was not the lead ing trait of his character. It would be mad ness for tho democratic party to resort to violence against such a man and thereby run the risk of keeping the government in the hands of Grant. If Mr. Ilayes is declared President he will be free from all the political entanglements of the present administration, in which he has had no part. The Chandlers and Camerons and schemers will have no hold on him ; he will be no party to the in veterate quarrel between Mr. Conkling and Mr. Blaine ; he will come into office with the most perfect freedom in the choice of his confidential advisers. He is not the kind of man to ignore the high character and great abilities of Mr. Conkling. Ho is more likely to be gnided by Mr. Conkling's judg ment than by that of violent partisans like Mr. Morton and Mr. Blaine. If ho shonld give Mr. Conkling one of the chief places in his Cabinet the citizens of New York, at least, would have great confidence in his administration at the outset. Mr. Conkling is n comparatively young man and has probably a great politi cal future. He will regulate his present public course, not by tho transient pas sions of the hour, but by the judgment which will be formed of it in a calmer period, when this spasmodic excite ment shall have subsided. We are confi dent that hiR action will be so wise and jnst and conciliatory during these passing troubles that the whole country will desire to see him occupy a high rank among the advisers of Mr. Hayes if Mr. Hayes should be the next President. The Bee??,al? A(?mMnnaB. Homer was about as distant in time from the heroes whose exploits he haa chronicled in the Iliad as we are from the days of Marl borough and Prince Eugeno, Turenne, Montecuculli and SobieskL He was quite as near to Agamemnon as we are to Louis XIV. of France. In fact, he was too near to the King of Men to dare to touch with a free hand those dreadful family histories which required seven hundred years more of the softening effect of tradition to fit them to the rises of iEschylus and Euripides on the tragic stage. | Yet it has boen doubted whether the great event that the first of poets so sin cerely chronicled ever occurred, or whether his heroes were other than mythical fancies with personal names. It is hardly a con ceivable case thilt any sane person should now doubt that Louis XIV. was a real sovereign of a great country, and the French King did not make so great an im pression upon the world of his time as the son of Atreus did upon the smaller world of heroio Greeoe. It is doubt ful, oven, whether the art of printing has increased the vividness with which the memory of famous men is passed on from generation to generation. Printing cer tainly gives ampler scope to our view ; it gives us the past in greater detail; it is like a photograph of a street sceno in which all the small detail comes out as clearly as the greater facts. The commander of the forces is there, and so is the pedler of peanuts at the corner. But tradition Is like tho historical painter who concen trated his skill on the attitudes and faces of the essential figures?gives us the hero glo rified, perhaps, and leaves out tho unessen tial nobodies, For this reason tradition, perhaps, transmitted from bard to bard the well studied trait* of the great figures with a livelier fidelity than written history can reach. It is supposable that Homer knew Agamemnon as vividly as this generation knows Napoleon Bonaparte. It has been a piece of critical folly, there fore, to doubt at any time the broad facts of Homer's chronicle; but this is a folly of which tho world has seen the Inst now that the patient delver 'who uncovered the Per gumus of Priam has actually brought to the sunlight the very bones of the commander of the expedition against Troy. Dr. Schlie mann's discoveries have in them all the satis faction of naked seelity. They are historical autopsies, as convincing on the points they touch as post-mortem examinations ore medically. We give to-dny some further particulars of his most interesting explora tions at Myceme. Mr. Robert M. T. Hunter, of Virginia, ono of the most distinguished and expe rienced statesmen of the country, explains, in a letter to the Hsrai.d printed in another column, his views of the right of Congress to inquire into and ascertain tho validity of the electoral votes. The Steamer Bristol passed through a ?mble experience in the Sound yesterday, t recalls the disaster of the Metis two years go, but happily not with a terrible loss of ifo. It is creditable to the officers of the Iristol that the boat did not founder. Good eamanship sated her passengere and cargo. LovUUnk from ? Drmocratlc Stand point. The report of the distinguished democrats who visited New Orleans for the purpose of witnessing the proceedings of the Louisiana Returning Board is published in the Hekald to-day. As a matter of course it takes issue with the republican statement which was submitted to Congress by the President a few days ago. It declares the action of the Returning Board in proclaiming the election of the Hayes electors to be "arbitrary, unfair and without warrant of law," and adopts as applicable to this canvass the language used by George F. Hoar, William A. Wheeler and William P. Frye in a report made to the House of Rep resentatives in regard to the canvass of 1872?"the so-called canvass, made by the Returning Board in the interest of Kellogg seems to us to have no validity and is entitled to no respect whatever." In several instances the report turns against the republicans their own condemna tion of the Louisiana Returning Board's past iniquities; but, however telling such hits may bo in a con troversy, they have no bearing on tho pres ent case. The democratic statesmen who make the report possess sufficient intelli gence to know that tho only benefit they can render their party is by making out so strong a case against the legality of the Re turning Board's action as to influence the judgment of fair-minded republicans in Congress, or, failing this, to strengthen tho democratic cause among tho people in tho future. The review of tho Louisiana State laws relating to elections is full and able, nnd in this the only hope of the democracy lies. The past record of the Returning Board is important only inasmuch as it disposes fair minded republicans to look scrutinizingly into its present acts. Wo have no doubt the legal powers as well as the action of tho Board will bo fully disonssed and examined by Congress, and as whatever result may be there reached will be final it is to be hoped that it will be acquiesced in by the democ racy even if it should sustain the decision which gives the electoral vote of the State of Louisiana to their opponents. When both sides have been fairly heard neither can consistently object to the vordict. The report closes with ant appeal to sentiment?wo are un willing to say passion?which might as well, and probably better, have been omitted. The law, interpreted by men who respect their own honor and their oath of office, must, after all, decide the case ; and as it will he the duty of all good citizens to respect that decision it is as well that all passion should be omitted from the argu ment on both sides. Art Collection*. In the world of art the oollector is a power, because in addition to the sympathy he must possess with what is beautiful and excellent in art workmanship he is supposed to possess special knowledge as well as great wealth. It is not enough that he is an admirer or sympathizer with art; he should oe learned in the branches of workmanship he protects, in order that his work shall be truly efficient and his teaching authoritative. Wealth alone may enable a man to acquire ownership of art works by artiBts with great names, but culture is needed to confer au thority, to influence or guide public taste. We have in America a goodly number of wealthy gentlemen who aspire to rank as art collec tors, but their fame too frequently rests on the possession of a few master pieces whieh are lost amid a mass of worthless paintings whieh are grandilo quently termed a collection. Now nothing would be more distasteful to a true connois seur than the presence in his house of an art work which possessed no special merit. It would be to him a source of constant an noyance and humiliation which he would remove from sight at the earliest opportu nity. As a rule our American collections show a complete absence of this artistic feeling, which is no doubt due to the fact that collections are made, in very many cases, because it is fashionable to have pic tures rather than from any real sympathy with art. In a collection worthy of unre stricted praise no poor or questionable work would be admitted ; but we cannot hope to see many such collections organized while our collectors depend in great part on the assistance and advice of dealers in making their selections. The picture dealer is es sentially a tradesman, however much he may try to hide the fact under an assumed interest in art, and what he seeks to do is to sell his wares at the highest proiit to himself. As a result a good part of his operations consists in selling great names to people who do not know enough to judge correctly for themselves. Thus works by Gerbme, Fortuny or Meyer von Bremen have for the picture dealer on arbitrary value quite independent of the actual quality of the picture which is to be sold. Indeed, so well has this come to be recognized that there exists in all the great European studios something in the nature of a manufacturing department, in which the smallest possible quantity of work is spread over tho largest possible amount of canvas for issue to the trade, and we regret to say thot most of those hasty and ill-digested pictures are disposed of in the American market at prices that must fairly astonish the in genuous dealers who introduce them. The cure for this evil lies in the cultivation of a sounder and more exact judgment among tho class which at present patronizes art, so that people will no longer be tempted to buy art works merely on the reputation ot their authors, but will seo to it that what they purchase will not only be tho work of good artists, but the good work of good artists, which is tho essential point We have lortnnately outgrown to a certain extont the idea that a valuable picture must necessarily be a largo one, and that to get the worth of one's money it is necessary to receive so many square yards of canvas. The sums pnid to Meissonier for pictures only a few inches square would make the purchasers of art by the yard hold their breath; but any sound judge would decide that tho investment in those small gems is tho saiest and best, whether from an art or a business I standpoint This is a satisfactory prog- J ress, and there is reason to believe that we will not stop here. More eare in selecting pictures of the highest order will probably be shown by our best art col lectors, and we hope that collections will be formed in New York in which every picture will be a gem of art. Such a collection would prove invaluable in developing a sound and intelligent art taste among our citizens. Shall Th?r? Be Skating In the Parkal When summer ends and autumn falls into the aere and yellow leaf; when races are over and the polo ponies go to their stables and coaching is postponod, then new outdoor sports come in with the winter. Snow brings the silver tintinnabulation of the sleigh bells, and as the spirits of the ther mometer full the spirits of the skating brotherhood rise. "The ball is up!" is always a welcome announcement to the friends of this beautiful and invigorating exercise. New York, however, differs from most other cities in this respect; she has no fresh water rivers on which a smooth surface of ice may be formed, and her ska ters must depend upon tho lakes in the parks. Unfortunately- Central Park is not in a good financial condition this year, and no provision has been made for keeping tho lakes in good order for skaters. This is a serious matter, and Bteps of some kind should be taken at once to accommodate the thousands of ladies and gentlemen to whom skating is ono of the most pleasing of win ter amusements. The suggestion of a correspondent, whose letter is elsewhere published, that in this dilemma ail tho skaters of New York city should subscribe what they cau respectively afford to a general fund, for the employment of men to keep the skating ponds in order, seems to us excellent. It Is a question which they must decide; for if the Park Com mission has not money sufficient to executo the purposes for which the Park was created then the public must provide for its own interests. If tho skaters of New York have enterprise enough to create a fund we are willing to take charge of it for the pres ent, and to turn it over to any responsible committee, or to the Park Commissioners, if that body, as we have little doubt it will, consents to suporviso its distribution. One thing is certain?skating this winter should not bo prevented bj' any bad condition of the Park lakes. Dreii In School*. Woman's passion for lino attire has troubled the world for a great while, and it is not strange, perhaps, that it should now give rise to a grievance in our public schools. All the poets and half the philos ophers are agreed that one of woman's great duties is to be beautiful, and if nature has not been kindly in this respect no doubt the individual woman is simply loyal to this duty in her endeavors to supplement with the embellishments of the toilet the few charms that niggardly nature did pot deny her. Therefore it is evident that that instinct of the sex which the satirists and moralists scorn as vanity may serve a wise purpose in the social economy. But it is evident that there are appropriate occasions for the play of this instinot, and occasions when it should shine by its absence. One of the places where women, especially in the rudi mentary state of girlhood, should not endeavor to crush one another by the splendid paraphernalia of the wardrobe is in the educational institution, where they might be supposed to feel an equality of helplessness in the terrible presence of the rule of three. In these establishments, if anywhere, that great common law of the uncomely "handsome is that handsome does"?should be recognized, and the girl who can most readily apply the rule to the false syntax be placed far above tho one whose ears are loaded with diamonds or whose empty little head is bound with Brussels lace. Our correspondent who in another column calls for a rule that shall enforce upon scholars a "decent plainness of dress" is therefore right; but the necessity of such a rule implies a want of taste and judgment in those who are at the head of the schools. That is wherd> the remedy should be ap plied. Vanity in a school begins with the teacher. Th* Weather. The snow has come at last in sufficient quantity to resist the melting effects of ter restrial heat and tho action of the wind, and now covers a largo area of the country.' During the earlier snowfalls of the season in this region the flakes dissolved as they fell, but now that tho winter has fairly set in wo may look lor tho deep drifts along tho country roadsides, the snow heaps on tho gutter lines of tho streets, tho panting steam sweeper on tho avenues and the double teams dragging heavily laden cars up and down the city thoroughfares. With tho area of low pressure now advancing eastward over the lower lake region a gen eral snowfall has taken place and continues eastward of the Mississippi and northward of Tennessee. Even Knoxville, in that State, has a heavy fall yesterday, meas uring when melted over a quarter of an inch of water. In tho West the temperature has risen considerably, but along the At lantic coast continues low, and at some points in Now England is below zero in tho morning. The winds have, however, abated in violence, and the cold is not as severely felt as during Saturday and Sunday. In New York to-day it will be warmer and cloudy or partly cloudy, with light snow or rain, followed by clearing weather. Tn* House op It kpres*!* tatives has de cided to send a committee to New York and another to Jersey City to investigate the conduct of tho late election. Tho denizens of these two cities will naturally wonder what will bo investigated. As tho major ities in both cities are of the same political complexion as the House itself it seems as if the only action possible to tho committees will bo to exhibit a fatherly interest in tho methods by which a number of good demo crats were enabled to participate in tho national loaves and fishes. Or, it is baroly possible that the House is not above learn ing from tho Senate, nud that tho action of the lust named body toward certain South ern States has reminded tho Representatives that the whitewash brush is not necessarily a Senatorial monopoly. Whjr Wot Adjourn I The first week of the Congressional ses sion has, on the whole, been creditable to both houses and l>oth parties. In the Sen ate democrats have joined with republicans in settling the dispute about the twenty second joint rule by declaring it abrogated; in the House Mr. McCrary (republican) has offered, and tlio Judiciary Committee (dem ocratic) will favorably report, a resolution for a committee of fivo members to co-oper ate with a Senate committee, if such shall be appointed, to devise a new rule of pro ceedings for the Presidential difficulty. The House has passed one of the Appropria tion bills, and both houses have appointed committees to examine election matters in the Southern States. It is a satisfactory week's work, and we trust next week will make as good a showing. But as some time will be required for the Southern commit tees to make their reports, and as meantime there will not be much actual work lor Con gress to do, wo hope the houses will adjourn next Friday, not to meet agnin until the new year. Several reasons concur to moke this course advisable. The Appropriations Committee is behind with its work and needs to sil until New Year's without interruption to complete its labors in readiness for the action of Congress. The Southern commit tees, as we have said, will need some time to gather materials and complete their re ports. No profitable discussion of the Presi dential dispute can take place until they re port. It would be an advantage to members and Senators to have the opportunity to talk with their constituents and come back im pressed with the public opinion of their lo calities upon recent important events. Fi nally, there is a good deal of irritation be tween the two parties, which, with a lack of actual and practical work to do, would probably break out in .exciting and injurious debates. For these reasons we shall be glad to sea Congress adjourn for the holidnys next Friday. The members can bo more usefully omployed in tbo vacation by talking with their constituents than by talking at eaok other in the Capitol. Judge Bond has discharged the South Carolina Board of Canvassers, on the ground that the State court had no jurisdictioa over them. But from what source docs h< derive his jurisdiction to make the dis? char gc ? PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE. Speaker Randall Is not wealthy. Brot Harto likes to wriie about anow. Mr. Alexander 11. Bullock, of Massachusetts, la a( the Filth Avenue Hotel. Baron de Heykiug, Centennial Commissioner fot Russia, Is at tho Albemarle Hotel. A magnificent Ian is or Brussels point da Duchess* lace and mother-ot-poarl, with gold monogram. Buffalo Express:?" 'If there lsn Skin game going on,1 says S. J. T., 'count me in. In met, count me in any. way."' From launch:?"Tho Khedive's Minister of Finanet was reported to have died of ovor drinking. He was Is fuel suffering from an overdose of sack." Mr. Buskin has noticed that perfection In certain dccoratlvo arrangements of color and texture goes along with cannibalism and polyandry. Mr. Sain started a few days agd for Russia. It ts probable, however, that tho ultimate destination o( his present Journallstlo trip will be Constantinople. Governor Hayes says that the duty of the Oovarnot of Oregon In regard to the federal election is simply ministerial, and that bo has no discretion about sale*, 'ng the electors. Tho Earl of Uunrsven and Mr. Albert Blersisdt, the artist, who have been mooso hunting In Nova Scotia tcr several weeks past, returned to tho city yesterday and are at the Brovoort House. Virginia City, Nov., is boing paved with waste quarts, which, being gradually crushed, releases gold and stiver valued at $9 to the ton; and one street li estimated to contain $133,000 m metal. Bret Ilarte ban arranged to visit Enrope, and may be expected in England in the oourre of a tow weeks. Ha will not remain in London ia tho first instance, but proceeds direct to Switzerland and afterward to Oar many. The most practical Idea against Intemperance bat been started at Nottingham, whero the magistrates have determined to ascertain from drunkards brought befora thom the name of the publican who laat sup piled them with liquor. From JVwcA.?"Betting Man, to his partner:?'Look 'ere, Joo! I 'ear you've been gamblin' on the Stock Exchange! Now, a man must draw the line some where; and II that kind of thing goes on, you and mo will 'avo to part company!' " Tho death la annouueed of the Greek monk, Nleo lara, who followed Canaris through all the eampaigna of the Grcok war ol Independence. It was he who blew up the Turkish admiral's vessel in the Straits of Seta Alter tho war ha retired again to hla convent. Evening Telegram:?"It is worthy of remark that Of the recent tales from South Carolina come Irom coum ties that border upon tbo Savannah River, and Georg. tans are mixed up in the transactions. The tnailintloi of jury trial for criminals seems to bo extlnot In that part ol tho country." From Fun:?"Vicar's Danghtor?'William N oak on, does your mother ovor comb your hairt' William? 'No, miss, nur ol doan' want 'or to, noilher !' Vicar's Daughter?'Why, you horrid boy f William?'Whey f 'Cos father 'o stop out too late at the "Three Tuns" t'otner-nolght, an' 'c's abed neaow with tho coiobin' 'Isn got 1' " Narcisae Vlrgilo Diaz, tbo celcbrnlod French palnlar, has Just died at Mentono at thn age o( seventy. He waa on a wedding tour In Italy wlion ho was oWirtakcn by death, having been married a second time only Qlteen days bcloro. Diaz was a brilliant disciple of Theodora Rousseau and Millet, and made bis appearance at tha time ot tne Restoration. Uia paintings nearly all rep resented lovo scenes. From Gibraltar wo havo a report ot a very Interest Ing match between (lgliteon men or the marine artil lery with a Gatllng gun and a similar number of maa Irom tho rifle brigade with rifles. They formed at 800 yards from the targets, representing a seetioa ot man, and then advancing 300 yards openod tire. Tha result was greatly In laror of tho riflemen, who fired 829 rounds, making 184 hits, while tho Galling gnn, which jammed the vise, fired 307 rounds lor only sixty.nloa hits. M. Vlvlcr, the Frenchman who has made it the business of his lite to worry the custom bouse inspec tors of all European oountrlas, baa ratnrnod to France, bis wont formerly was to pack a huge trunk lull of trouscr straps, such aa are worn with gaiters, using hydraulic pressure If It wars necessary to cram Ave bushels Into a thrco bushel space; then to lure th? inspector to open It as a auspicious package, whea naturally tho oontenta ware oversot, and the whole forco or tho custom bouso was occupied lor hour* in putting thom beck. A powerful Jack-in-the-box waa another device of his that was very snccessra!. ."cone?Senator Blank's rooms in Washington. JV?* tnntr?A number of republicans, among tlicm cx-At torney Goneral Williams. Enter Smith, who remarks, "Wall, so Sccroinry Fish has resigned. Thai's tin nowa just now." >;r. Williams, after a pause:?"That reminds me ol tho remark of a young fallow 1 knew ts Oregon, Bill Wlntersmlth. Bill was raised in Salem, but moved off a hundred milos or so down the read, married and setilad down. Alter a year or two ha thought he'd ride up to Aulom to see how things looked, ami us ho got ucnr tho town au old maa mot him on horseback, and says he, "Ain't you Bill Wlntersmlth f" "That's my name," says BiiL "Well," says tho old man, "Bill, your ratber's dead." Bill looked at him with contempt, and Bays be, "I i don't care a damn?I don't live a! home"