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World. THE CRISIS IN EUROPE. Waiting for the Porte's Reply to the Propositions of the Powers. AN EVASIVE ANSWER EXPECTED. Plain Words to the Porte from the British Representative. THE RUSSIANS HEARING THE PRUTH. The French Senate and the Chamber?Dis enssin? the Situation. [bi cable to the hebald.] London, Dec. 27, 1876. The most significant news this morning Is a despatch which foreshadows the probablo action of Knslaud In the event ol tbo Porto refusing to comply with the demands of tbo Powers. WILL ENGLAND AUANDON TURKEY ? A despatch from Conetaminopo savs the Marquis of Salisbury will demand to-day trora tho Sultan his so ceplanco of the proposals agreed upon by the Powers. Should the Sultan reluso Lord Salisbury is tnstrnctod to leave Constantinople and ordor the British fleet to quit Turkish waters. THK BRITISH PI.KKT OKDKRKb TO THR PIR.KU8. A special dispatch from Pera states that the British Admiral at Boska Bay baa received orders to move his fleet to tho Piraeus, which Is a better winter \nchorago. The change has no pollticnl slgnillcance. TIIK PORTS WARMED UV THK TIKES. Tho Timet' leader referring to this report says tho ncwB concerning tbo withdrawal of tho fleot appears at all avenis promature, but It credits the despatch, which Is later in date, concornmg Lord Salis bury's representations to tho Sultan, und concludes that tho Porto may rest assured that tho first snot fired in dctlunco of tho united demands of Europo would be the beginning ol the end. Neither England nor any other l'owor would interpose to save it from ruin. It might huvo more foes than Russia even at tlio outset. V THE PLENIPOTENTIARIES TO WITHDRAW. Other despatches Irom Constantinople say It is un derstood that all tho Plenipotentiaries will leavo here should tho Sultan reject the proposals submitted to him to-day. Tbo respective embassies would then be intrusted with tho dlroctton of afl&irs. Reports are current that tho Turkish Council of Ministers decided yosterday to reject the proposals, and that in tho event of war the Porte will arm Its Armenian, Greek, Bulga rian and Cnrlatlan subjocls. Edhetm Pacha has beta tppolnled permanent President of the Council of State. Tl'KKIBH OBJECTIONS. The Porte does not appear to havo decided lormallv to reject the proposals of the Euro pean Powers. Mldbat Pacha has visited the Am bassadors andP lenlpotentiarles. During tho conver sation which took place he is said to have foreshad owed that Turkey would raiso objections, especially in relation to the guarantees and tho foreign gendarmerie, bat It Is stated that he did not speak of an ansolute refusal. THE POWERS C.NAXIXOC8. The MarqnlB of Salisbury yesterday informed the Saltan that the Powerewere unanimous in insisting on the adoption of tneir proposition*, nnd In tho event of a refusal the Ambassadors would quit Constanti nople. THE PORTK'S RKPLY DELATED. The Porte will not mako known Its Intentions until the next sitting ol the Conference, on Thursday. It Is believed the armistice will be prolonged and a prompt ?olntlon of tbe ponding questions is expected. EXPECTED EVASIVE RKPLY. A despatch from Vienna reports that the I'otitical Correspondence of that city says "tbe latest news re ceived In St. Petersburg indicates that the Porte will give an evasive reply to tbe proposals. This would not make the sttnation hopeless, as the conditions sub mitted are not considered unsusceptible to modifica tion. A prolongation ot the armlstico until January 15th Is proposed." JEALOUS or THE INTEGRITY OP THE EXPIRE. The plenipotentiaries are said to exclude from the term "Bulgaria" all localities whero tbe Mussulmans sre in a majority. Tho Porte Is stilt firmly resolved not to make any concession whlon is contrary to the maintenance of the intogrlty of the Empire, nor to grant broad administrative authority to tho provinces, nor the disarmament of the Mussulmans. PRESS VIEW OP THE CRISIS. Le Phare du /lot/diore (newspaper) to-day publishes in article <>n the crisis, concluding as follows:?"Nou llavonlc people will never consent to being sacrificed 0 Run-Slavism, but will light, and, If victorious, will 1 ive tbo satisfaction ot haviug snrod not only na iloual existence but British interests." AUSTRIA'S ATTITUDE ENCOURAGES THE PORTE. A Berlin correspondent, revlewingthe situation, says tho moderation ot Russia's demands Is largely one to Austria's military preparations. Tho lorce which "Austria has prepared lor mobilisation in Croatia, Transylvania and Dalmaila numbers 90,000. Austria's tttitbdc, however, has proportionately encouraged the Porte In its disposition to resist tbe reforms. BELGIUM AND OCCUPATION. # A Brussels despatch says'Tho Independence liciqe lays tho Belgian government up to tho prcsont timo las only received purely confidential overtures con cerning tbe occupation of Bulgaria. It is said Ibat Minister Malon has notified Belgian representatives tbroad that Bolglum, without absolutely rejecting the request which may eventually be tnado to her, would ?e obliged to mako her acceptance conditional on ob taining certain financial and moral guarantees. Tbo independence doubts wbetbor there Is any chance of ihe Powers accepting Belgium's conditions. RAP TEHPSR or TnK MUSSULMANS. Tho Russian telegraphic agency reports that the gen eral temper ol the Mussulmans induces doubt whether the Sultan's reply on Thursday can bo favorable. The question of tbe extension of the armistice will bo broached and its solution will clearly reveal tho inten tions of Turkey. THE RUSSIAN HSAIHjrAETERS ADVANCING. A Vienna despatch says some beiiore the question of prolonging the armistice will be mode dependent upon Turkey giving a decisive declaration on tho subject of reforms aud guarantees. This seems to tally with news Irom Kischeiieff that proraratlons are making to ndvanco tho Russian headquarters to Chotln, on the Irontler. Tho slRtisI for th's movement was expected Irom Constantinople. No one si the Russian headquarters doubted that the army would cross tho Pruth at > kulkal. In the direction of .Idsay, when tho headquarters would he transferred to Cr.ghoci. It is calculated that this movement would take place about the 10th of January. This date is Important, as It coincides with the expiration ol tho fortnight's prolonga tion of tho armistice ndvocated by Russia. The above nows Irom KifchcnefT was evidently de s patched beturo the lime, lor tbo second meeting of the ConiereDce was altered from Tuesday to Thursday. 11|R GRAND PUNK NICHOLAS ILL. A telegram from St. Petersburg says the Grand Duke Nicholas commander of the Southern army, has been III sincn the 19tli in?L An official bulletin, signed by five physicians, has i?een published In 8t. Petersburg, silting that ihe Grand Ilukn Nicholas was taken ill on December 10 with an abdomlnhJ comnialnt. caused by n cold; >nd there was no improvement in Ins condition up to the evening of December 24. THE ESTIMATES IN TIIK fitKXUIt OtAMREN. A despatch from Versailles says tho ticnato yestor day nnved Ihe estimates ior 1877 and adjourned. The Chv*ber ol Deputies, on motion ol M. Uambelta I | unanimously pawed (be estimates of revenue, which had been very slightly modified by the Senate. THK PARLIAXRXTART BITC1L A telegram from Parle states that Minister Simon communicated to lbs presidents of the various groups of tho Lett tbe government's views on the controversy between tbe Senutors and the Chamber or Deputies. According to Ibis communication tbe government cousiders tbataaaoonaa tbe Deputies have delivered their ei peeled decision upon tbe Menate's amendments to tbo budget s fresh vote must be taken in tho Seuate. If this vote does not rati.'y the declsiou of tbe Deputies dissolution ot tbo Lower Chumber must ensue. Debate upon tbe estimates of expenditure, which have been amended by tbe Senate, la fixed for Thursday. TM I.KfT DISCUSSING TBS SITUATION. At a tneoting of tbe bureaus of tbree groups of the Left tbe question ol the rights-ol tbo two Chambers was discussed, and the majority of tbose present wero In favor ot supporting the government in ihe forth coming debate. The government is understood to favor the claims ol tbe Senate. Tho Kopoblicin I mon. the group to wbich M. Uumbetta Belongs, per sists in tbe opinion that the Senate Is not entitled to amend tbe estimates. PR. 8TKOU8RERG TO BE IMPRISONED VO? BKIIT. It Is slated that Dr. Strousberg, tbo railway specn- . lator, will Deltber be liberated nor banished from Kus eia In conformity with tbe recent judgment of the Moscow Court, but will be Imprisoned lor debt The maximum term of Imprisonment lor that cause In Rnssla la five years. VIRB IN TBI CHAREBR OF BRrUTIRS. ' A despatch from Vu|pailles says that a fire broke ont In tbe ball of tbe Chamber of Deputies daring the debate to-day, which obliged tbat body to adjourn. The fire was extinguished. CHINA AND JAPAN. THE UNITED STATES SHIP KEARSAROE BOARDS THE WHITMOEE?THE CAPTAIN AND MATE NOT ON BOARD?APOLOGY FOB THE DE STRUCTION OF AN AMERICAN CUUBCH? i WRECK OF AN ENGLISH GUNBOAT. # Max Fr.AXcisro, Doc.. 26, 1876. Tbe stenmor Oceanic brings advices from Hong Kong, via Shanghai, to Docomber 4, and Irom Yoko hama to Deccmbor 11. CHINA. The American bark C. O. Whitmore on attempting to sail from Hong Kong was boarded by men Irom the United States steamship Kenrsargo, and search was mado for Captain Peabody and Mates Snow and Staf ford. Tbese men not being found on board tbe Whit more was allowed to proceed. Tho alleged criminal! are still in Chins awaiting an opportunity to escape. APOLOGT FOR DFSTHOTINO AX AMERICA* CHURCH. In compensation for tbe destruction ot tho American chapel at Yen Ping Ku a year ago, an apology has been sent by the local aniliorilles to tho United States Gonial, a sum of money paid for tho books and other property destroyed, the chapel rebuilt end de livered to the missionaries, and a proclamation issued explaining tbe rlgnte of foreigners to reside in the in terior. AN BXOI.ISH GCXIIOAT WRECKED. Tbo English gunboat Lapwing wag wreckod Novem ber 11 on Mlato Island, Gulf of Pccbe^lee. SUPPOSED KATE of a okkkax hrici. Tbe German brieJohauna, before reportod wrecked on tbe voyage Irom Shanghai to Poo Choo lust August, is aow believed to have been seised by pirates and destroyed on ibo coast of Formosa, An investigation Into the circumstances is proceeding. Farcwoll complimentary addresses were presented by tbe citizens of Shanghai or all nationalities to Georgo Thomas Wade, tbe British Minisier, on the occasion of nis retirement from ofllce and return to England. JAPAN. MOVEMENTS OF THE IMPERIAL FAMILY? LEADERS OF THE LATE INSURRECTION BE HEADED?RIOTS AMONG THE FARMERS? LARGE FIRE IN TOKIO. The United Htalcs steamer Yantic, alter a sojourn or lire years In Asiatic waters, suiled lor Norfolk, Vs., December 4. Regulations have been lssned tor the importation of opium for medicinal purposes. Hitborto this drug wus ontlrely secluded from Japan. Mimbu Tayu, of the Terkugwa family, a brother of tho last Tycoon* has been granted an educational pen sion and ordered to go irom Philadelphia, whrro he is now residing, to France, lor the purposo of completing his studies. Proparatlons for the annual Industrial exposition at Kiotoaro now rapidly progressing MOVEMENTS OF TIIR IMPERIAL FAMILY. The imperial family will unite at Kioto lor the per formance of religious ceremonies at their auccsiral > tombs about the mlddio of January. The Empress bus already arrived there. Tbe Empress Dowager and the > Emperor start froiuTokto on January 8 and 14 re- I spec-lively. EXECUTION OF RKIIRLH. Mayebara and eleven other leaders of the recent In surrection wen- beheaded December 3. others wero variously punished by imprisonment and deprivation ot rank. A proclamation Las been Issued declaring free trade between .Saghallen sod tho open ports ot Japan, no duties to be exacted until lurther notice. RIOTS AMONG THE FARMERS. Riots bavo occurred among tbe farmers of the cen tral provinces owing to their dissatisfaction v.un tbe tuxes imposed upon them. Tbe riots have no political significance whatever. In conformity with an Imports! recommendation a school bos been established for noble fumllics, lo tbe support of which tho Emporor contributes $15 000 yearly. LABOR F1RR IX TOKIO. Tho largest fire in Toklo since April, 1872. occurred on November 20 last, commencing Just bclore midnight and lasting aliout eight hours, sixty-five streets, con taining 5.000 booses, wore totally destroyed. It is believed that fifty lives were lost. The loss ot prop erty Is estimated at $10.0tx,00a The residence ol tbo Austrian Minister was burned, and that of tho l olled States Minister narrowly escaped, rrompt and ef fective measures lor tbe reller of the sufferers bavo been taken by tho government. The burned region le being rapidly rebuilt with tbe introduction ol great Improvement* MEXICO. THE COUNTRY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CON-' TENDING FACTIONS?DIAZ ASSUMES A MILI TARY DICTATOER HIP?EXPECTED BATTLE AT QUIBKTABO?DIAZ APPOINTS AN INDIAN CHIEF ACTINO PRESIDENT. Havana, Dec. 26, 187(1 The French mail steamer from Vera Cruz brings tbe following intelligence:? Citt or MKxiro, Dec. 9.1878. Tbe Igleslas government is established at Qucrotnro, 150 miles Irom the oapital. The States of Guanajuato, querclaro, Aguas Cailcnies, Zaeatccas, Durar.go, Nan Luis rotosi, Jalisco, Colima, Souora, e'inolo.i and Ta basco recognize fglcsias. Tho States of Mcxtro. Hidalgo, l'uebla, Vera Cruz and Oaxapa are occupied by Dtaz's troops. ? PIAZ ASSUMES TBR DICTATORSHIP. Diaz has assumed a military dictatorship under tho title of Provlrlotial President, to hold the exccutivo power until an election is held. According to thn grounds assumed by both Ig'csiaa and Diaz no election can be legally held while any of the States aro occupied by either ariuy. Diaz's term Is very indefinite, as is also that ol Igleslas'. Doth arc Provisional Presidents, and will remain so until one sulo vanquishes the other. Iglcsias has 12,000 good troops, while Diaz has 18,UOO ol evrry graoo, bat lie is well provided with artillery, in which Iglesios is deflcicni. niAZ's TROOPS MARCH!.10 ox Ql'ZRTARO, On tbe 6th last, n column ?f n.ouo intn with twenty field howitzers and rifled cannon lelt Mexico tor Ijuore taro, making in all 10,000 men who arc n?w marching tipuu that place. Iglemas has about 7,000 troops in tpioretarn, witli six piece* ol artillery. Thl? Inrre is saitlcicnt to garrison i tie place, which Is strong and easily defended. In a few days these forces will roe Iront each other. The result is donotiul All parties are anxious to bo rcroguized by the United States. DIAZ I.RAVI.S FOR Till! FRONT. General Diaz was to leavo on the loth lor the ariny and eonler his uuthorlty of acting President upon the celebrated Indian chiel Mender, who Is tho lean flliej man of all the prouunriados for such a place. General Mejia has been banished trum tne country by Diaz. Dcr iterate incnsnre* arc soon ex|<eried, and every body Is anxiously awaiting a turn in atluir*. TEMPTED BY SANTA CLAU8. Mrs. Mirgaret Miller, residing at No. 307 Atlantic avenue, llrooklyn, was employed about two weeks ngo by Coghill ft Aon, toy dealers, at No. 284 Fulton street, and was considered by the firm as an excellent sales woman. Lately, however, Mr. Coghill became su'pt i clous mat she was pil'cring goods Irom Ihe store, Me , teciivcs were put on tho case, and It was found tbat : shu had Leon In <he habit of marking numerous valuable toys ??paid" and-ending them out with Ihe regular delivery wagon ol the store to rilltcreM irtcods who had been kind to herwl' and two rhllilnn. Abe |w*? arreted, ?nd yesterday nmrntng arraigned l?cl?re Justice Welsh, when she was remande I In Jail, pending an in vestig.iiion on rtsnirdsy n< xi The ; 0?ds taken by Mrs. Miller are valued ai a bo at $75 and have been | mostly recovered by the police. WASHINGTON. Anticipated Success of the Hampton Government in South Carolina. A SOLUTION THKOCGH THF. TAX PATERS The Florida State Ticket Conceded to the Democrats. The Possibilities Regarding the Electoral Vote. Practical Revival of the Extradition Treaty witn G-eat Britain. THE PRIVACY OF TELEGRAPH CORRESPOKDENTE. FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. Wakuixgtox, Dec. 86, 1876. THE SITUATION I* SOUTH CAROLINA? DEMO CRATS AND REPUBLICANS UNITINO IN PRO TEST AOAINST PAYING TAXES TO THE CHAM BERLAIN GOVERNMENT?PROBABILITY OP Hampton's ultimate recognition. Intelligence received hero rrom Influential men in South Carolina shows that ihcro Is no likelihood ot violence ibere. The democrats aro determined on peace, and the extent to which the taxpayers and property owners, republicans as well as democrats and blacks as well as whites, arc unltlDg to protest against the pnymrnt or taxes to the Chamberlain col lectors, shows that this Is a general move, meat, such or u will bo dlfllcult to re. sist The circuit courts In the State will, it Is believed, almost without exception, sustain the re fusal to pay taxes to Chamberlain, and declare Hamp ton to he the rightful Governor, and while, if the movement Included only a few people, Chamberlain's sheriffs would doubtless seize and sell their properly at auction. It Is manifestly Impossible lo sell oat a wholo State at sheriff's sale. There would bo no pur chasers, and If any were found they would not risk their money on transactions which would confer no clear title. There Is reason to believe that If General Hampton should summon tho Legislature to mcot in extra srssiou after somo weeks a constitu tional majority of both bouses, having Returning Hoard certificates, would assemble at his call for the transaction ol bnMncss, and tlicro aro signs that only a very few of the Chamberlain legislators would remain w:th him. Most of them would join the Hampton Legislature, believing It to be the legal body. THE FLORIDA MUDDLE?DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN VIEWS ON THE ELECTORAL VOTE OP THE STATP. The developments in Florida are watched hero with much interest by both sides. The extreme republicans assert that even if Florida Is shown to have gono clearly democratic, the only electors who had the law fui certificate of the Governor have cast tbe vote of the ?Stnte for Hayes, and that they only can be recognized. Thus they bold, though the legislature and thp Sieto officers may turn out to bo democratic, this cannot change the recorded vote of the electors for Hayes, and will not help Tildcn. Somo democrats hold, how ever, that the Legislature has tbe right to take nonoe of a fraud in tho electoral returns; that it may, on proof that the Ststo went for Ttlden, give notico that the Hayes electors were not chosen and had therefore no lawful existence, and that It pay tnerrupnn autho rize Governor Drew, who will come into office on the 2d of January, to sppoAt and certify the democratic electors as being the persons rightfully choren, and send a communication to Congress showing what has been done and asking that, as n matter of equity, Congress shall not reject the lawful electoral vote of Florida simply because by fraud tbe lawful electors were dotiled their ccriiQrnto In tltne to meet on tbe appointed day. Tho case thus officially presented. It Is hold, woald then be analagous to that of Wisconsin In lS.r>0, when tbe electors were prevented by a violent snowstorm from mooting on tho day by law appointed. Congress in that caso cbose to ovorlook the technical irregularity and ad mitted the vote ol Wisconsin, both houses by resolu tion agreeing to accept tho report of tho tellers who had counted the vote. FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT. Washington, Doc. 26. 1870. SENATOR MORTON ON THE TELEGRAM QUESTION ?HIS MYSTERIOUS REPERHNCK TO THAT EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS?HIS VIEWS ON THE ACTION OP THE SUPREME COURT IN FLORIDA. Senator Morton, when asked to-night lor the par. tlculars of his rcforeoce to tbe tolegrams signed by or sent to certain persons named to connection with tbe Presidential electors in Oregon, also the meaning of his reference to the sum of $8,G00 supposed to have boon paid some one, he said, with a laugh:?"Watt until 1 get tbe telegrams and I will show up all about that eight thousand dollars. I am very sorry that Mr. Orton publirbod tho names of the per sons al'udcd to by me In my telegram to blm and, as far as the whole thing refer* to the telegram* called lor by (bo democratic committee, they do not want them and do not care lor them, but tho rofoeal has the effect of making It difficult to get tbe telegrams I want." He seemed to bo a little annoyed by this complexion given to the thing, and the Inference was drawn that It was a sort of block gams being practiced upon tbe course ol the investigation to be followed by his com. miller. la conversing upon tbe recsnt news re. eeivod from Florida about Hie decision ol the Supreme Court there, which Is taken to defeat tho snccuss of the republican State ticket, he remarked: ' There is no power to upset tbe decision of the Flee oral Kollege of Florida for Hayes st.d Wheeler They can't touch It In anyway." THP. STATE TICKET OF PLOR7DA YIELDED TO Tnii DEMOCRATS?THE ELECTORAL VOTE THOUGHT TO BE SURE FOR HAYES?HOW SENATOR WADLEIGII WAS SHOCKED IN ! LOUISIANA. Arsismnt Secretary of the Treasury Conant received a telegram from Florida to-day which yielded the Siato ticket to tho democrats, but says omphaitcslly Ibat Ibere is nu possible ground for doubt that the electors aee unchangeably sure for Hayes and Wheeler. J Mr. Conant I* alao In rprelpt of a communication from 1 Senator Wsdleigh, of Sew Hampshire, who Is in New I Orlesns with the Senato Investigating Committee, ' which closes with the statement: ? "I have Income aware ot horrors that are nlmost incredible In tho course of the proceedings before tbe committee." Senator Wadlelgb further expresses himself as . shocked at evidenco taken before him. EXTRADITION WITH GREAT BRITAIN?COR RE- ! HPONDEXCE BENT TO THE SENATE BY THE PRESIDENT?THE TREATY PRACTICALLY BS- 1 VIVID. Tho President sent t > the Senate to-day a eonfl- j dentlal nien?age, covering tho correspondence with i Or.'it Uritain on tho extradition business. The corre- ' spondenoe Is voluminous. It show., that our govern- | mrnt has iii.iinisincd tho grouud that tlip treaty ol 1^42 could not lie newly coo"trued at the will of only ' one of the two Powers making It; that the attempt lo force the t inted Stales to arrept snhh s new and arbitrary ron-triictlon was a violation ol the treaty winch mode it Imponstble for thi? government to either ask or rr.mt extradition under It until tills claim was w:Hidr.?wn, stnl that, wlnlo the I'nlied Stales were not ! unwilling to entrrtnn propositions lor a new treaty, , it would he manifestly improper lo do this while tho i British government was violating the present oue. The correspondence shows that tbe British government mule numerous attempts to evade tMs direct issue, all ot which failed, and that finally It accepted the terms proposed tiy the l'rcsident, and offcrod to surrender Wlnslow, Itrent and Grey without the conditions which It formerly insisted on, and, In fact, without any conditions at all, except such as tho Athhurtor. Treaty plainly provides, and as have always been accepted by hoili sides. It appears that when | this otter was uin<lu tiy the British gov>-rniu-ni and | accepted by ours it wag discovered Ibat Winslow and ' (Jrov were either concealed In Englnnd or had gone to I France, and llrent was tho only ono of the three whom the English police could lay their hands on. Breut is now on his way to this country, and it Is probable that extradition of criminals will go on as before under the old treaty. Up to a recent period no negotiations had beguu for a new treaty, but It is understood that this government is willing to iramo a new treaty If Ureal Britain desires, making, howevor, no such conditions as those which the Biltish government assumed of late 10 Impose, hut probably specifying more la detail the crimes and of fences for which extradition shall be granted, and agreeing that a criminal surrendered lu extradition may he tried not only for tho crime for which he was surrendered, but for any one of a number to be uumed in addition. THE PROPOSED TRANSFER OF TIIE BIOUX TO THE INDIAN TEK1UTORT?OPPOSITION OF THE NORTHERN TRIBES ? A RAILROAD JOB SAID TO RE LVRKINO BENEATH THE PROJECT. There will he n strong opposition among the Indians to thoir transfer to the Indian Territory. Tho North cm tribes are said to bo opposed to the movement, as the climate will not agruo with thein. Resides it is usceitainod that, while a great deal Is said In a glow ing manner of tho richness of tho soil, a great part of the Territory Is so arid ami unproductive that ordi nary good grazing cannot be had upou It for cattle. It la thought that in tho general schemu lor trans porting them to tho Territory there Is concealed a job of the bordering railroad companies. A'ter the Territory Is taken up and divided iih proposed among tho Indians the remaining quarter sections not required by thorn on iho lino ot tho rail road routes will. It is suspected, be captured by tho railway companies and opened up to settlement, thus affording a handsome Held lor speculation. The same combination which has been at work hero for year* to organize the Territory ol Oklahoma Is identical with tho party seeking to get all the Indians Into the Indian Territory and thcrualter to curry through a measure In Congress for a territorial form of govern ment over thorn. Though the movement has tho countenance of both President Grant and Secretary Chandler it Is believed that It will not succeed In Congress. THE LOST MONET PACKAGE?ITS PROGRESS TnnOCOH THE DEPARTMENT AND INTO THE HANDS OF THE EXPRESS COMPANY?IMMU NITY IN THE PAST TO ROBBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT. In tho matter of tho abstraction of tho money pack ago while In procoss of transmittal from the Treasury Department to the Illinois National Bank at Chicago, tho otlicials ut Iho Treasury say that It will bo only a matter of a few days before It la ascertained how It was purloined. Tha package containing tho missing amount, wnich is ascertained to bo III,1*90 In |100 Treasury notes, was put up In a strong brown envclopo and scnled In tho regular manner. The package of bills, niter having been counted out In the cash room, was passed along as usual through three dilk-rent persons, when it was addressed, closed, scaled and stamped. It was then sent down stairs in the saloon iho dummy nnd turned over to tho Adams Express agent on duty lu the building, by whom it was receipted lor. The express cumpauy claim to have it receipt for the package, staling that It was revolved sealed nnd In good order. A Treasury official slates that all Iho marks anil writing on tho package which was returned as being empty of hank notes, were correct, and tho latter were lu tho writing of tlie clerk who addressed it and last had It in Ills hand when II left tho Treasury Department. The bank has made a claim on the express company and It is understood that tno express company uow lulls back on the Treasury Department. Mr Gllflllan was torn long litno In con sultation with tne agent ol the express company lo night, and at its rloso bo came to the conclusion that no money that was ever stolen from tho government was ever recovered, nnd that If it wern tho guilty par. tie* were never puulshcd even after they were con victed. In discussing the question iho cases of John son, Ottnuin, Hallcck and others were Instanced. GENERAL WASHINGTON DESPATCHES. Wasiii.viitox, Dec. 2(1. lS^L THE PRIVACY OF TFI.EGRAMK---SPEAKER RAN DALT.'S REPLY TO MR. ORTON?THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY LIE ELY TO BE CITED FOR CONTEMPT?AN AT TACHMENT AGAINST TnE NEW ORLEANS MAN AGER. Speaker Randall hat replied to tho letter addrossed to Inm by Mr. Orton, wbo asks to he excused, for tho reasons stated; from compliance with the require, menl to appear boforo tho Morrison investigating com mllteo and produce certain papers and telegrams. Tho Speaker to-day, In the course of c.invoraailoo, while ho did not glvo Iho contents of tils letter in reply to Mr. (Irton, said that bo had no power to excuso that gentleman, It was for tho House to determine w hat actiou should lie taken, as, undor tho resolution recently adopted, the House had power to require any person to appear before auy committee and bring with him books, ?papers or telegrams. As the Executive Coinmitleo ol the Western Union Telegraph Company bare removed all Messages now on hand Irum tho control or |h>shcs (Ion of any of Iti ofllcers, and, as Mi. Urton is ono of such officers, it Is not improbable, judging from what was suld at tho Capitol to-day, that tho Executive Committee may he cited to appear befora the bar of the llouso to answer lor contempt and he dealt with as the law and facts may require. It It thought the Executive Committee aro thus amen able under tho roadlution of the House which provides for sueh coarse ot action in case any person shall pre vent or attempt to prevent any witness from pro ducing any lioak or paper which witness may have been required lo pro-luce. An attachment has been Issued to rompol Mr. Barnes, the Manager of the Western Union Telegraph ofllcc at New Orleans, to appear beloro Mr. Morrison's com mittee In that city, bringing with bini tho required telegrams. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SENATE -AN ADJOURN MENT UNTIL FRIDAY. The Senato met at noon, fliteen Senators helirg present. Before the reading of the Journal, Mr. Mor ton, chairman of tho Committee on Privileges and Elections, said It was important to have another mem ber added to Ibat committee. The great body of the committee, he said, had gone South to make the In vestigations ordered, an! there was not a quorum of tho tub-committee aa?ign?dl to dnty <n Washington now in the cliy. He thcrcfora moved Ibat another member be added lo that committee. Tnls was agreed to, and the Chair ihea appointed Mr. Mltcheil, of Oregon, as the new member. Mr. Kerry, from the Commute? on Rules, pre-eniod revl-ed rnie* showing tlic- change- proposed by the cominlitec, which waa laid on the (able. The Sennle then went into executive session at a quarter past twelve 1'. M . and when tho doors were reopened adjourned ti'l Friday next SPEAKER HANDSEL'* VISIT TO NEW YORK. Speaker Randall has returned Iroin Nn* York. He said to-day thnl the object of Ins visit to that city had no political significance, n? had been reported, but that ho met Mr. Tlluun socially on Sunday. A MAIL FOR JAPAN AND CHINA. The Post Office Department gives notice that a mall for Japan and China will be despatched from ban Fran cisco by flic steamer Oceanic on January Id. CHRI8TMA.H DAY ML'llDE U.S. tllY TELEGRAPH TO TIIE HERALD.] rtT. Lorn, Mo., Dec. 20,1H7IU A upeclal from fpringflold. Mo., to the QM?- iHmncrul states thai on Christmas Day Charles I.efghion stabbed Georgz McFarland, at a point six miles caauwf there, and in the evening came in urns and attended a dance at the incise ol airs. Mills, on Si I. I.ouia street, where, witiiout say provocation whatever, he ahoi nnd in stantly killed Bryan Meson, son ol T. K. Mason, a prominent citizen. The ball looa eftect in the heart. Lniglilon was arrested nnd lodged in jail. The excite ment over tha cowardly aflair la intense, and threats of lynching are ireely and openly Indulged la. SHIP W RECK S. Marina Disasters on the Coast of New Jersey. The Bjorkan Ashore Of! Ocean Grove. RESCUE OF THE CAPTAIN AND CREW The Norwegian ship RJukan, Captain Hansen, went ashore at Ocean Crave e.iriy yesterday morning, and will probabiy be a total loss. The crew, including the captain, numborcd nineteen men, all ol whom were saved. The Itjukan sailed from London on the 2Mh ot Octo ber and arrived ofT the Jersey coast during Sunday night. A pilot was taken on board, probably at tlio Cape, and < arly ycstorday morning an attempt was made to enter the port. Whuu opposite Ocean drove, however, she went ashore. Her position wus first dis covered Irom the land about half-pust six o'clock in the morning. She lay stern on amid the breakers, with the water dashing over her forward. About -even o'clock she was beaten around ahd came broadside to tlio shore, the mainmast going by the board. The poo ple on shoro were by this time fully aroused, but no aid could bo given on account of the tremendous seas. During the lulls in tlio dash of the waves the crew on board the vessel could be plainly heard calling lor aid. The inonwero clinging to the rigging and cried out loudly for holp, but tboir voices were every aow and then lost In tho roar of tbo waves that dashed over the fated vessel. TIIK RBSPCK. Notwithstanding the (act that a lifo saving Elation was out a mile and a half distant from tho spot, no aid was rendered Irom there until ten o'clock. At niue o'clock n boat Irom the shore put out to tbo ship and the crew, captain and pilot safoly landed. They were ut once taken to tbo boiel at Asbury l'ark and cared for. The ship, It Is thought, will bo a total loss, although tho agents in this city state that every ed'ort will bo made to save her. The t'oust Wrecking Company despatched an agent la^t evening to the scene of tho disaster, and as soon as tne storm subsidos will make an effort to save tho ship. She is now lying on her beam onde, and late lai-t evening the wilier was dashing completely over her. Nothing can be dono while tbo sea is so <;ls turbed, and it is lenrod she will be a total loss. the vessel was consigned to Itoniiam & lloyesen. No. t>8 Wall street, and was lu ballast. Sbe Is owned by (i. S. Flood & Co., of Torsgrund, Norway. Tho vuy ago was Irom l.ondol. to New York, and Irom hero lo Deal under charter. She was rated in the American l.loyds Al, OtH> tons buruen and twenty feet draught ?She was lormerly the American ship F.ndeavor, and was built by Paul Curtis, of Kant Itoslou, in ls.'gi. Tbo vessel is vulued al $25,uuu, and is luliy insured in Norway. WHAT THK CAPTAIN SATS. Captain Hausuu courteously answered all questions asked, llo saul they liadu favorable voyage tint 11 the ISth insL, when ihoy cncotiuu-red high winds ana luteusely cold weather. On Christmas night, at six o'clock, lliey took a pilot olf pilot houl No. 1, oil llarnegal light There was a light north northeast wind, the weather quite thick, aud increased as night advanced. At ono this morning the Captaiu went below, leaving the first mate und mo pilot iu charge, and when called the vessel was ashore. The first mute says that bo was hearing the lead lor three-quarters of' an hour previous 10 her striking. The vesxel is owned in Skion, Norway; insured tliero for $24..'KM); built in Dost oil in lS-iti. The crew ot twenty w. s taken oil by the volunteer crewr, Cuptuln Pitney Curtis, who was compelled lo guurunteo payment for thu hulling yawl lie rescued the crew with, in caso ol any loss to the owusrs. The lllc-snving crew did not arnvo until alter all wero oil and the vessol secured by cables. THE URIOANTINK MLI-IAN CAMERON ON SHORE AT RQUAN BEACH, N. J.?A GOOD PROSPECT OF HAVING VESSEL AND CARGO. [BY TELEGRAPH TO THK HERALD.] SqrAH Dkach, N. J., I Via Ska Girt, N. J., Dec. 20, 1870. | Tho brignntino Lillian Cameron, Abner McDowell master, llydtnati Druthers owners, of and from Cliarlottctown, l'rinco Edward Island, with a lull cargo of potatoes, at six ibis morning during a blinding snow storm struck this beach two miles south of Lifo Saving Station No. 10. Perk In A: fob, ot New York, arc tho consigners of tne vessel and cargo. She is In good condition, though leaking slightly, and lies with Iter head on. She sailed December 20, experienced boister ous won tin r and suffered much from thu loss ol lier sails. Tbo crew abandoned the vessel without any asJfstnnce, It tving run High enough on the bench to run a rope Irom tlio jlhheom to thu beach. The cargo was f'utly Insurod. Tbo vessel Is not much injured. Al uluo o'clock to-night tho sea had gono down and there Is no wind. There is a dense lug. (Nptain McDowell re I uses to receive assistance Irom the Coast Wrecking Comituny. Tlio t-rosjieci is good lor saving both ves sel and cargo. THE DAKOTA S ROUGH VOYAGE. Alter a rough and Irving voynco of twolvc days tho steamship Dakota, ol tbo Williams K Gulon line, ar rived, throe days behind her usual time, at l'ler No. 46 North Diver, at hull-past eight o'clock yesterday morning. Sho boro evidence of having labored through severo seas. Tho smoke stock was whitened to tho top by spray that dashed over It. Three bouts wero stove in by n cross sea, and a Inrlod foresail was pulled Irom Its lashings and lorn into ribbons. In Hie ubseiiee ol Captain Price a IIkk.u.d reporter Inter viewed the purser, Daniel Hamilton, who said"The voyage was ropgn throughout We encountered severe westerly gales and lor two days a hurricane wns blowing and tremendous seas were running, load my life I never saw such seas as we bad during the Voyage. We left I.iverpool on the l.'ltli I list., uud wo did not call at (Jucenstow n, us tralllc lately lias been a Utile slow. Tne ship did not roll very inacli. We bad four teen cabin ami twenty-ono steerage passengers, and I can safely say not one of them got wet. Tho seas washed the deck, but none of thorn got below." A WRECK ON MARSHAL ISLAND?THREE DEAD BODIEH AMONG THK TIMBERS. Ki.ww.tRTn, Me., Dec. 26, 1876. An unknown vessel went ashore In the late storm on Marshal Island, near .Swan's Island. When discovered she had gone to pieces. Three dead bodies were found among tlio timbers, frozen silIT and nnkod, except some shreds ol clothing about iho nock and Icct. The stern had been carrlofi away, but the beam was found hear Dig the number 60,891. tbo tonnago marked 111 4a-100. Tbo vessel was laden with laths. A SCHOONER AND BARK LOST. Halifax, Dec. 20, 1876. Tho schooner Costello, of and from St. John, for New York, laden with lathes, bus hern lost. The wrock went ashoro on Sunday at Southwest Hirnor, 12u miles from St John. Iter crew of five perished, aud three bodies havo been recovered. Intelligence tin* been received ol the loss of the bark J. Waller Scummoll, of St. John, Irom New York for Groat Britain. Thu captain and crow landed at Louis burg, Capo Drelon. MIDNIGHT WEATHER REPORT. "ar Dpparthknt, k Chirp Signal Orrtr?*. iiTox, Dec. 27?1 A. M. War Dpparthknt, Orpicr op tmk Washing /mticntioni. For Now England, light snow, followed by clearing, slightly warmer weather, northwest to soutnwest winds and no dectdod change in barometer. For the Middle Statea, southwest to northwest winds and slightly warmer, partly cloudy weather, with rts Ing, followed by tailing barometer, and in the extreme northern portions light ?now. For tlio South Atlantic Siotcs, rain on the coast, fol lowed by partly cloudv and slight I v warmer weal her, northeast winds becoming variable, and stationary or slowly rl?lng barometer. For tbo Gull States slowly rising temperature, northerly ?>nus shifting to easterly and southerly, lulling barometer during the day and parity cloudy weather. For the lower lake region, occasional snow, followed by clearing Weather and rising lomper.iinre, southerly to westerly winds and falling barometer. F<>r tho upper lake region, tho Upper Mississippi and I,ower Missouri valleys, clear or fair weather, with westerly to southerly winds, slight changes in tem perature and barometer. THE WEATnEU YESTERDAY. The following record will show the changes lo tho temperature for tho past twenty.four hours, in com parison with the corros[Kindtng date of la?t year, as indicated by the thermometer at Htidnnl's pharmacy, Hki'.ai.o Building 187.Y 1876 1875. 1876. 3 A. M R8 25 S .70 I' M 4o 34 OA. M P.7 26 6 T M 4<i S3 1) A. M 38 30 V I'. M 41 SO 12 M 40 3d 12 P. M 41 29 A virago tcinpcraluro yesterday 30 Avcrago u-mpcrature lor corresponding date last year S?* A IW Thirteen Persons MiS3in?-^ Eight Bodies Found. The St. Elizabeth Convent, Quebec, ? Heap of Ruins. * JiuiKTfK, Quebec, Dec. 'Jfl. 1878. Tlio convent at St. Elizabeth wn burned dowu lasi nip hi. una hundred persons were io the building at the time. The panic was very grenl. annex the firk iikokk oct. At forty-five minutes past eight o'clock last n'gbf the Ulster Superior ol the louvor.t made her usual visit through the whole building, and neither saw noi suspected anything out ol the way. At twenty mm utcs past nlno the whole convent was in (lames. 'I'll K M.KKPKKM AKOt.'SXI). All the occupants were in bed, and tho only thing that could bo doue was to rush out or the building. Nuns ami children had only Unto to saro themselves without thoir clothes. It is believed that the tire originated between the floors, but no ono could imagine the cause. There were lorty-eigbt boarders in the convent. TTtS MISSING. Thirteen porsons nre missing, all of whom it is be* hevod perished in tho flames. Their names and ages are as follows Angolc Diupnln, sped sixty-three years. Elizabeth Gravel, aged nineteen years. Marin l-ouiae Gull rev, aged ten years. Panicle Dos Maris, aged cine years. Maria Drolet, aged ten years. I.ea Gullbnnlt, aged seven years. Georgians l.avalee. nzed ten voars. Lussena l.avalee, aged ten years. Ahd Holland, agod time years, all of St. Elizabeth Mela l.avalee, of St. Thomas, aged eleven years. Kosanna Masse, of Si. Tboma<, aged ton years. Dela Masse, of St. Thomas, aged eleven years. Molina Joly, of Si. Felix. BKillT HOIMXS poc.xn. At one o'clork this morning eight bodies had boal found end taken from tho rums, all burned to a crisp. Several of tho parents of tho iintoriunntc children were present crying and looking lor their remains, endeavoring to Identify iticm by fragments of linen 01 cloth on tho bodies. a vat a i. rktcrx. Elizabeth Gravel, ono ol tho victims, was seen out of the convent while It was in flames, hut sbe returned either to rondor assistance to others or to save her property. KSCAFK OF TIIK 8ISTKR SCFBRIOR. Tho Sister Suporior porsl.-ted in rcuiuinlng in the convent to save tho children and at last escaped with dllllcnlty. It is not known whether the victims perished tn tbelr beds or on tho stairs while attempting to escape. tiik ixgriMT. At one o'clock to day tho Coroner opened un inquest In the Presbytery close to tho convent, Rev. Mister Superior, Sister Ovarie Ursula uudoi hers were nrcsont. HISTORY OF TIIK CDS'VKXT. The convent, which was Hallooed at St Kllzabelh, nine miles Irom .lolletto, was founded In 1840, and was under tho management of the sisters of l'rnvldenco Communliy. Ihu building lorined two wings, tho sisters and lllty lady hoarders occupying one. w'i|jo tho other wasoccupied bv about flliy orphans and Inllrm persons. I ho structure was ol wood, mid, there being no flro apparatus In the village, the dames could not be checked, and nothing was saved. The property was insured for #'J4,000. A SLEEPY BKAKEMAN. Ucfvai o. Doc. rfl lSTfl. Frank McGruw, tho brakemau on tlio New York' Central Kailroad who, by neglecting to flag the train, caused the uccident at I.ooneyvllle on December 10 wbercby Henjatnlu Woodworth lost his life. Las at the instigation of the District Atiorncy, been arrested on a charge nl manslaughter, tho Coroner's Jury having rendered a verdict charging McUraw with negligence. Mr. MrGrnw testified that ho had no sleep daring that week except such as bo snatched nl times in his caboose, and had not had Ills clothes ol tor seven Gays; that (he last run he mute was of t weuly.lbrce hours' duration; that the storm was blinding, and ha leil tho track in n boiliicibod condition, enleriug me caboose to keep Irom freezing, being exhausted by hard and coutinnous labor; thai Ito was looking out ol the caboose window ns too train passed, but was toe lain to prevent the accident. Ho was admitted to bat in the snni of $1 out). CENTUAL AMEK1CA. I'axama, Dec. lb, 1878. Although Iwo steamers have arrived from Hunt* mala, tho Winchester on tho 13th and the Conraaon the 1.1th, no regular mails have been received bare from that Republic. Only a handful of letters by the former, and not so mnny by tho latter vessel were re* cnived; nolttier have the regular mails tu transit for Now York and Euro|?e been received. In Salvador the new government of I'rosident Zaidi var seems to lie favorably received, and tho country It progressing under his administration. A siiniiur report may be made ol Honduras, under the Presidency of Soiior Marcus A Sola. Both repiib* lies are In n perfect stale of pence. Nicaragua has terminated the sialo of war In which the Republic has been lor months past, ttud re-ostab lislied constitutional government. A treaty of friend* ship, commerce and navigation, and consular is about to lie entered Into between Nicaragua mid tbe German Empire. Costa Rica, politically and financially, continues In ? very unsatisfactory slate. COMMODOliE VANDEUBILT. Commodore Vandorbllt was not as strong as asani Inst night. Christmas Day was ono of g.*eat pleasure to turn, for by his bedside woro gathered bla sons and daughters and iheir children. Throughout yesterday there was a slight reaction in his condition, bat at a lain hour Ust night he recupcratod somowhal and tell Into a quiet slumber. HOTEL Ai;iUVAL"y. Judge George F. Comstock, of Syracuse; Lieutenant Governor Horatio G. Knight, of Massachusetts, and Nathaniel Wheeler, ol Connecticut, are at tbe Fifth Avenue Hotel. Professors George K. Day, of Tale College; Ezra Abbott, of Harvard College, and Charles Upham SnepnrJ, of Amherat t'ollege, are at tbe Ever* oil House. Edward Mcl'horson, of Pennsylvania, la at tho Astor House. General J. J. Abercromblo, United Stairs Army, is nl the Coleman House. Colonel Dckinson Woodruff, United Stales Army, la at tbe New York Hotel. K. L. Davenport la at the Start* vant House. ? MAILS FOR EUROPE. The steamship Abyssinia will leave this port oa Wodnesday for Queonstown und Urorpool TI.e mails for Europe wilt close nl tho Post Office at ten o'clock A M. Tub Xsw Yosk H*imu>? E.ltlloa for fCurope?wlQ ba ready at half-past eight o'clock in the morning. Single cop.es, in wrappers for miiliuf, sit e*at% COLD WINDS ROUGH EN AND CHAP THE SKIM. Qust'i SCM-nrs So*r unfien. Hull remriiet 11. "Hill's IIaih asii Wmiskik Dvk," black nr brown, A.?FOR GK.n'tI.RMKN S H.vrs OF EXTRA Qt'AL* fly go to tii4Htt itclNrvf, II** .Nmiiuit. A. ?FOR RESTORING GKAYHAIK TO ITS OHIO. iiinl rifl.tr Turker'* IIaiu HtMiV A. ? Fl'RS ! rrit*: tinsn** F? n* at I#?mh thriu ?f thr ?kfn?: Sw'iniMb MutU. Bon*. U >p? ntiil (iltrrrt; Mink, S iMe, hrfviini), Frntch hiaI, Ac., Aq i nr?' uii'i ff?rf?*?i?, Kmii wnfT*. Ac. Mi'HKK, Mninif;tcfuri?r, 214 liro*t|wny. KKKI".S CT STOM SKIRTS MADK TO MEASURE ? 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HFATH'r buvi %>! )ix> ptget, gidtii, iUO Broadway, Bbw Vora.