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A call for a meeting ot the National
Executive Committee of the Inde
pendent Greenback party was issued on
the 15th by Hon. Moses W. Field, of
Detroit, Chairman, to convene at
Springfield, III., Tuesday, January 23.
The object of the meeting is stated to
be the consideration of means required
to extend and strengthen the organiza
tion of the party and to effect a more
active propagation of its principles.
The United States Supreme Court has
decided that land-grant railroads are
not bound to transport trooDS and oroo-
erty of the United States free of charge
by reason of that fact; that they are
only to allow the Government the free
use of their tracks in return for grants,
and that they are each entitled to com
pensation for all such transportation
they have performed, except the carry
ing of mails, subject to a fair deduction
for use of their several roads. This de
cision is in the cases of the Lake Supe
rior and Mississippi, and Atchison, To
peka and Santa Fe Railroad Companies,
which have been some time under ad
visement, and reverses the judgment of
the Court of Claims.
Gen. Terry telegraphed from St.
Paul, on the 16th, that dispatches re
ceived from Col. Miles, via Bozeman,
state that on the 8th of December three
companies of the Fifth Infantry, under
Lieut. Frank D. Baldwin, stru ck Sitting
Bull's camp on Bed Water and defeated
him with the loss of all the property in
the camp and CO mules and ponies.
The Indians escaped with little besides
what they had on their persons. Addi
tional news from Miles's command, via
Tongue River, says that on December
17 five prominent Sioux chiefs ap
proached the post about noon with a
flag of truce. When within a few hun
dred yards of the post, and before their
approach was known to a single officer
or soldier of the garrison, they were
pounced upon and killed by Crow
scouts who belong to the post. Col.
Miles was indignant beyond measure at
the bloody tragedy, both on account of
its atrocity and by reason of the possi
ble importance of their mission.
The Illinois Legislature, in joint ses
sion, commenced balloting for United
States Senator on the 17th. The result
of the first joint ballot was : Logan, 98 ;
Palmer, 88; Davis, 8; Anderson, 7;
scattering 3. There were no absentees
in either house.
A bold attempt to rob the express
car on the out-going Chicago train of
the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Rail
road, was made on the night of the
17th. Three masked men entered the
car at Burlington Crossing, just inside
the city limits, overpowered the mes
senger, and went through the
safe, which contained about
S25.C00 in valuables. In the
hurry of getting off, however, they un
intentionally left behind them all the
money packages except one contain
ing $143. Three men, supposed to be
the robbers, were arrested on the fol
lowing day.
Gen. Anderson and Ex-Gov. Wells,
of the Louisiana Returning Board, ar
rived in Washington on the 18th, and
were immediately arrested by the Ser-geant-at-Arms
of the House of Repre
sentatives. An officer of the House left
the same day for New Orleans, to bring
Kenner and Cassanave, the remaining
members of the Board, to the bar of
the House, where they will be required
to purge themselves of contempt.
The efforts of the Turkish Conference
to bring about a peaceful solution of
the Eastern question have apparently
failed and the Council has adjourned
sine die. The Porte peremptorily re
fused to accept the terms proposed.
The report of the committees of the
two Houses of Congress, appointed to
devise a plan for counting the Electoral
vote, was made on the 18th. There
port is signed by Senators' Edmunds,
Frelinghuysen, Conkling, Thurman,
Bayard, and Ransom, and Represent
atives Payne, Hunton, Hewitt, Springer,
McCrary, Hoar, and Willard all the
members of both committees, with the
exception of Senator Morton. The full
text of the bill agreed upon is publish
ed in another column.
. Washington dispatches of the 19th
state that the plan of the Joint Com
mittee for" the determination of the
Presidential question continues the
prominent theme of conversation.
Apart from the gentlemen -composing
the committee the plan is not enthusi
astically received, though a number of
members say they will vote for it
as a seeming necessity,
others do not appear to have
up their minds on the subject,
members think the bill ought
to be
amended, but others say that the
amendments would destroy the pros
pect of its passage and therefore it
would be better to vote upon it as it is
reported from the committee. It is
generally believed that there will be a
determined opposition to the
bill by a minority in both
houses the Republican opponents
' in the Senate being led by Messrs.
- "Morton and Sargent, and the Demo
cratic opponents in the House by Speak
er Randall and Mr. Wood. Public senti-
ment in the East seems to be strongly
in favor of the measure, while the great
est opposition will come from the North
west. Advices from Ohio, Indiana and
Illinois are to the effect that both par
ties are divided upon the question.
The Commissioner of Internal Reve
nue, having by letter called attention of
the Secretary of the Treasury to the ex
tensive manufacture of illicit spirits in
certain Southern States, and the diffi
culty in enforcing the revenue laws
there, the President has ordered that a
sufficient number of troops bo detailed,
when requested, to assist the revenue
officials in performing their duties.
At Dayton, Ky., a suburb of Covington,
on the night of tbe 15th, Mrs. Minnie
Blasen, wife of a carpenter, arose from her
bed after the family had retired, took her
10-day old Infant, and, proceeding to the
river, threw herself and babe into the
stream and both were drowned. It is
thought she wis deranged.
The Louisville, I'aducah and Southwest
ern Railroad, with all its belongings, has
been transferred to the Louisville, Nash
ville and Great Southern line, making the
latter, perhaps, the largest road in the
Hon. Wm. A. Wheeler occupied his seat
in the House of Representatives, on the
15th, for the first time this ses!on. He left
Washington for his home on the following
The funeral services and burial of the un
recognized victims of the Ashtabula disaster
took place on the 19th.
United States Senator Windom, of Min
nesota, has been re-elected.
Hon. James O. Blaine, of Maine, has
been elected United States Senator, both for
the long and short term.
Hon. A. K. Garland has been elected
United States Senator from Arkansas.
United States Senator Ferry, of Michi
gan, has been re-elected.
Gen. Julian Queroga, a prominent mili
tary officer of the late Lerdo Government,
who had retired to his rancho in Nuevo
Leon, after the flight of Lerdo from the
Capital, was shot at Monterey, on the 11th,
by order of Gen. Torvina, a partisan of Diaz.
John D. Layman, Lucius Layman, his
son, and George Bradbury, a lad of 13,
were instantly killed by the explosion of a
threshing-machine boiler at Bloomington,
Hennepin County, Minn., on the ICtb.
Daniel Marcy is the Democratic candi
date for Governor of New Hampshire.
The suspension of Orrin, Benedict & Co.,
hat manufacturers of New York, with lia
bilities of $150,000, throws out of employ
ment 250 operatives in their factory at
Bethel, Connecticut.
The Union Trust Company of New Tork
was a few days since defrauded out of 54,
000 by a skillfully forged check. Horace
E. Brown, a "curbstone" broker, has
been arrested for complicity in tbe affair.
Daniel Price, colored, was hanged at
Warren ton. Mo., on the 18th, for the mur
der of Samuel Taylor. Taylor's wife, who
was convicted of being an accessory" to the
murder of her husband, and who was
shown to have been a paramour of the ne
gro's, is now serving out her sentence of
25 years in the Penitentiary.
Ex-Gov. Saunders has been elected
United States Senator from Nebraska,
having defeated Hitchcock, the present
incumbent, after a spirited contest.
The President has nominated Ellis Spear
for Commissioner of Patents.
Hon. James E. Bailey has been elected
United States Senator from Tennessee for
the short term.
Hon. George F. Hoar has been chosen
United. States Senator from Massachusetts.
The St. Louis German Protestant Or
phans' Home, located a few
miles west of that city, was
entirely destroyed by fire on the 18th. There
were about 200 children in the institution,
all but one of whom, a boy named Eugene
Lang, were rescued from the burning
The business portion of Prescott, Ark.,
was destroyed by fire on the morning of the
The Cubans claim to have recently gained
two important victories over the Spaniards
one at Farralones and the other at Zapata.
The resignation of W. J. Murtagh as
member of the District Police Board has
been accepted by the President, and Ira G.
Kimball appointed In his place.
Alonzo Cornell has been appointed Naval
Officer for the port of New York.
Mr. Charles Collins, Chief Engineer of
the Lake Shore Railroad, committed suicide
at his home in Cleveland, on the 19th. Mr.
Collins had been connected with the Lake
Shore Road for the past 30 years. It is sup
posed that the terrible disaster at Ashtabula
so preyed upon his mind that he became
partially insane, he being, to a certain ex
tent, held responsible for the safety of all
the bridges on the road.
In the Senate, on the 16th, Senator Pat
terson submitted a resolution recognizing tbe
Chamberlain Government in South Carolina a
the lawful Government of the State, and declaring-
that it should be aided by the United States,
to the end that the laws may fee enforced, etc.
Referred to tbe Committee on Privileges and
Election!. Senator Sherman, from the Commit
tee on Finance, reported back the House bill
authorizing the coinage of a standard silver dol
lar, and restoring the legal tender character,
without recommendation, and it waa
placed on the calendar. In re
porting tbe bill Senator Sherman said the
Senate, having extended the time for tbe Silver
Committee to submit its report, the committee
did not deem it advisable to pass this bill now.
At the expiration of the morning hour Mr. With
ers called np the message of the President in re
gard to the occupation of Petersburg, Va., by
the military on election day, and yielded tbe
floor to his colleague (Mr. Johnson) , who spoke
at some length on the subject In tbe
House. Mr. Glover, by request, introduced
a bill removing the legal disabilities of wom
en. Beferred. Mr. Lynde, from the Jo
dlciarv Committee, made a report relative to
the refusal of Messrs. Wells, Anderson, Cassa
nave and Kenner, members of the Louisiana Be
torning Board, to produce before tbe Committee
on Elections In Louisiana certain papers de
manded by said committee. The report con
cludes with a resolution directing the Sergeant-at-Arms
to take into custody and bring before
the bar of the House the above-named gentle
men. Mr. Frye, member of the Judi
ciary Committee, said when that report waa
agreed to in committee there was no Republican
member of the committee present.
For his part he regarded the doctrine
enunciated in it as a monstrous one. He held
that the Beturnlng Board having been legally
constituted by authority of tbe Constitution of
the United States, and having proceeded with its
duties under the law of Louisiana, having made
its returns, and these returns having been au
thorized bylaw, the House was precluded from
going behind them. Messrs. Garfield, Kasson,
and other Republicans, opposed the resolution,
which was sustained by Messrs. LuttreU, Cox,
Wood, and other Democrats. The previous ques
tion was then seconded, and the resolution went
over until to-morrow.
The Senate, on the 17th, passed a num
ber of private bills, after which Mr. Morton
took the floor and replied at length to the re
marks of Messrs. Johnston and Withers of Vir
ginia, made yesterday, in regard to the occu
Sation of Petersburg by the military on the
ay of the late election for Presides!. Ho de
fended the action of the President and
argued that under tbe law the President hail a
right to send troops to the polls in any State, for
we purpose 01 Keeping we peace, me consmer
ation of the report of toe Committee on Bules re
vising the rules for tbe government of the Senate
was resumed. After extended discussion upon
the amendment proposed by the committee to
compel the attendance of absent Senators when
necessary to make a quorum, the amendment
was agreed to. The committee also reported an
amendment declaring that the Vice-President
may by his vote determine the question when
the Senate is equally divided. After some discus
sion this amendment was also agreed to
In the House-, a resolution was adopted permit
ting E. W. Barnes to go to Xew Orleans in tbe
custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms to procure cer
tain telegrams, and to return to Washington
with them within 10 days. A discussion took
p'.ace upon the resolution reported by the Ju
diciary Committee yesterday in relation to tbe
refusal of the members of tbe Louisiana Return
ing Board to produce certain papers before the
Louisiana special committee. Messrs.
Hereford, Hurd, Cox, and other Demo-
and Messrs. Hoar, Banks, Easssn, and
other Republicans, against it. A vote being
taken the resolution was adopted bya strict par
ty vote yeas, 108; nays, 81. A number of pri
vate bills were introduced, among them the fol
lowing: By Mr. Stone (Mo.) To provide for
the organization of tbe Te.ritoryof Oklahama;
by Mr. Kidder Extending the time of payment
for the public lands in cases where crops have
been destroyed by grasshoppers; also establish
ing a land district ia the Black Hills. Ihe
Sneaker presented the resignation of Mr. SDen
cer, of Louisiana, as a member of the Uoubc,
he having accepted the appointment of Judge of
the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
In the Senate, on the 18th, Mr. Edmunds
from the special committee appointed to devise
means for counting the Electoral vote, submitted
a report in writing, accompanied by a biU . He
said the report, be was happy to say, was signed
by all the members of both committees with one
exception. The committee would desire to take
the bill up at the earliest possible day, probably
Saturday, but certainly Monday next, and would
press it to a final consideration.
The committee was of the opinion that tbe meas
ure tney recommended was not what
could be called a compromise, but it was a meas
ure of Justice in aid of constituU inal govern
ment. Ko one would have the right to say that
any body's views bad been surrendered in any
respect. Mr. Jones, of.Fiorida, presented the
petition of Williamson Call. Robert B. Hilton,
J. E. Young and Robert Bullock, Democratic
Presidential Electors of Florida, claim
ing to have been leeally elected, and
asking that the Electoral vote cast by
them for President and Vice-President be
counted instead of that cast by tbo Electors on
the other side. On motion of Mr. Jones the pe
tition was laid on the table, and be gave notice
that he would call it up next week. Alterthe re
port and bill concerning the Electoral count
were read, th Senate took up the resolution re
cently submitted by Mr. Wallace on the same
subject, and Mr. Bogy spoke at length, in re
ply to the recent argument of Mr. Sherman
in regard to Louisiana matters The
House spent some time in considering
tbe report of tbe House committee on the privi
leges and duties of the House in counting tbe
Electoral vote, Mr. Knott having-the floor. A
minority report was offer, d by the Republicans
of the committee, t hich declares that, in the ab
sence of any legislative or other provision, tbe
President of the Senate opens and
declares the votes. Mr. Payne, Chairman
of the Committee on Counting the Electoral
Votes, made a concurrent report of the two
committees of the House and Senate, which he
said had been signed by tbe seven members of
me tiouse oommiuee ana Dy six out si seven
members of the Senate Committee. The report
was then read, and it was, on motion of Mr.
Payne, recommitted and ordered printed. Mr.
Payne stated he would soon more to make It a
special order.
In the Senate, on the 19th, Mr. Cameron,
of Penn., presented a resolution adopted by the
Pennsylvania Legislature In reference to count
ing the Electoral vote. The resolution declares
.that the certificates of Electors from various
States are constitutional evidence of votes cast
for President and Vice-President, and must be
counted. Ordered printed and to lie n tbe
table. The Consular Appropriation bill was
amended and then passed. Mr. Bogy
continued his remarks In regard
to Louisiana affairs, in tbe course of which he
severely denounced Mr Packard. His remarks
were loudly applauded by the gallery on the
right of the Chair, and on motion of Mr. Ed
munds that gallery was immediately cleared by
the Sergeant-at-Arms. Messrs. Sherman and
Morton replied to Mr. Bogy, defending
the i character of Governor Packard.
An executive session was then held
Tbe House adoptedaresolutiondischarginglVm.
Orton from custody, the telegrams called for
having been produced by the officers of the com
pany. Messrs. Wells and Anderson, of tho
Louisiana Returning Board, were brought be
fore the bar of the Uouse,but requested that their
examination be deferred until the arrival of the
other members of the Board. Referred to the
Judiciary Committee.
In the Senate, on the 20th, Mr. Morton
presented the credentials of William Pitt Kel
logg, as United States Senator from Louisiana,
and asked that they be read and laid on the ta
ble. So ordered. Toe credentials are signed
by Stephen B. Packard. Governor of Louisiana.
At the expiration of the morning hour, on mo
tion of Mr. Edmunds, the bill reported by the
special c mmitice in regard to the count of the
Electoral vote was taken up, and Mr. Edmunds
made a lengthy argument In favor of its passage,
which was listened to attentively. He said
that the tribunal to be appointed under the
bill was to decide the questions brought
before them strictly in accordance with
the law as it existed on tbe 7 th
of Xovember. All this bill did was to prescribe
a meinoa ana ascertain wnat was taw anu racs
at that time. It bad been said this tribunal
might go behind tho returns from a State. If the
two houses of Congress bad power to do that
thing the tribunal would also have such power;
but if the twohousesof Congress had no right to
overhaul the action of a sovereign State, then
this tribunal would have no such rights. The
committee agreed that this Presidential contest
must be settled upon the principles and law that
existed when it took place. Nothing could be
more lairtnan leaving aispniea questions to sucn
a tribunal. It had been contended by some gen
tleman that the Constitution committed the right
of deciding who shall be President of the United
States to one or more persons or bodies. IX that
was true, it was fatal to this bill. The Constitu
tion carefully enumerated the power of the Ju
dicial and executive authorities of the Govern
ment. If the framers of it designed to coafer
such power npon the President of tbe Senate,
how unfortunate it was they did not say so.whick
mlghtbave been done by two more words. It stag
gered human credulity to believe the framers of
the Constitution had thus designed to turn the
President of the Senate into a Judge on the most
critical case which could befall the public, and
should sot have said so. If power to open the
certificate from a State implied power to decide
on its contents when opened, then the Pres
ident of the .-enate had power to declare who
waa tbe President, but he (Edmunds) denied
that power to do one thing implied power to do
another. Tbe Constitution declared Congress
should have power to pass any law to carry into
execution any power vested in any department
of the Government; tbe Constitution left it to the
law-making power to carry all these great forces
into execution. He then read from the decisions
of the Supreme Court to show that the biU was
constitutional. The right to decide who was
President did not rest with the President of
the Senate, neither did it rest with Congress ex
clusively until a law shonld be passed to that
effect. He denied emphatically' that the Presi
dent of the Senate had always opened and count
ed the Electoral votes. For just forty years of
Government there never was an instance
where the electoral certificate was drawn into
question. The bill did not take from the Presi
dent of the Senate or from the House of Repre
sentatives any power which the Constitution had
vested in them, and therefore was not unconsti
tutional. In conclusion, be hoped Senators
would carefully consider whether it was wise by
stimulating doubts in their own minds to send
this rtpublic, like the mountains which the poet
spoke of, "tumbling in the sea without shore,"
or whether in a fair course of equal law tbe dis
pute should be justly settled (n the House
the Indian appropriation biU was taken up and
discussed at length.
"Yes," he said, as he mixed some
gin and sugar, "life is a conundrum.
lu youth we believe in much that is
false, and iu old age we doubt much
that is true. As a golden medium,
young man, you 'may charge that drink
to me. My name is August ."
.The barkeeper pensively pitched an ice
pick at the spot where he had stood.but
he had folded himself like an umbrella I
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Additional evidence given before the Sen
ate Committee, up to the 17th, was as follows:
John H. Dlnkgnve, of Ouachita, testified as to
incendiary articles in the Ouachita Telegraph and
Vienna Sentinel in reference to Republican
leaders. Randall Driver, colored, testified to
having been severely whipped by captain ineo
bald. Dr. Teung and others, including three
colored men, on the night Henry Hnkston was
killed, because be had ' refused to come over on
the Lord's side." as requested by Theobald.
J. C, Moore, colored, of Richland Parish, tes
tified to bulldozing and intimidation there; that
he and others were afraid to vote the Republi
can ticket. Geo. Dixon testified to the same ef
fect, and that he had been notified to leave the
parish, and did so to save his life. P. II Toler,
attorney, testified that the election was fair and
peaceable, and contradicted the testi
mony of Moore and other wit
nesses to the contrary. A number
of colored men testified to bulldozing and intimi
dation by white Democrats in West Feliciana,
and the killing of Gilbert Carter, colored, Presi
dent of the Republican club by bulldozers, the
names of several of them being given. A num
ber et other colored men testified that they had
voted the Democratic ticket willingly; that they
belonged to a colored Democratic ciub number
ing lw members.
The Senate committee concluded its in
vestigations on the 18tb. There was considera
ble additional evidenc e taken, of the usually
contradictory character, concerning the election
in Richland, Webster, Morehouse, and West
r eiiciana.
Ex-Gov. Kellogg continued his testimony
before the House Committee on tbe 13th. He
said that O.B. Morgan, who testified regarding
conversations between him (witness) and Ander
son, had perjured himself that there was no
truth in his statements . On tbe 16th, a number
of witnesses testified regarding the bad character
of Messrs . Anderson and Kenner, of the Return
ing Board . This concluded the House Commit
tee's investigations .
Col. Wm. T. Pelton, Secretary of the
National Democratic Committee, testified on the
16th regarding the (8,000 Oregon check: Told
Jordan it was desired that certain gentlemen in
Oregon should have a credit of 88,000: it seemed
litigation would arise frem the ineligibility of
watts in uregon, ana uiuinger, i;nairman
of the Democratic Committee, suggested
tho necessity of having money to defray these
legal expenses. Witness supposed Jordan un
derstood that he (witness) did not want tbe
$8,000 transaction made public. Not a dollar
waa sent to any State but for strictly legitimate
purposes. Tbe Democratic National Committee
defrayed the expenses of part of the gentlemen
who visited some of the southern States after
Judge Geo. T. Swann, Clerk of the Unit
ed States Circuit and District I Court for the
Southern District of Mississippi, testified that,
personally, he saw no Intimidation of voters,
but he had been often appealed to by colored
men, about tbe time of tbe last election, who
came to him and complained that they were not
allowed to vote, but they were generally unwill
ing to go into courts and testify, for fear of be
ing thrown out of employment or of having bodi
ly harm done them by their political opponents;
witness stated that one of the frauds practised
upon Ignorant voters at the late election by Dem
ocrats was to give out Democratic tickets with
likenesses of Hayes and Wheeler on them.
Mlscel laneous.
M. A. Clancy, late stenographer of the
National Republican Committee, testified on tbe
lGtk regarding a number of dispatches forward
ed by Messrs. Z. Chandler and W. E. Chandler
to various' parties in North Carolina, South Car
olina, Florida, Louisiana and Oregon. On Nov
8 the following telegram was sent to each of the
parties named: Gen. Martin, Tallahassa, Fla.;
. B. Packard, New Orleans; Gov. Chamber
lain, Columbia, s. C; Senator Mitchell, Port
land, Oregon; and Geo. C. Gorham; San Fran
cisco: "We are absolutely certain of 155 votes for
Hayes if your State Is safe, and Tilden is sure
of the rest. Can you certainly defeat all Demo
cratic attempts by fraud, false counting, or
bribery to capture it? Answer when sun-.
Wm. E. Chandler, a member of the Na
tional Republican Committee,was before the in
vestigating committee on the 17th, and was ask
ed "While In Florida, did you receive any
letters or telegrams from any member of the
National Committee In which mention was made
of money or troops?" Witness replied
that while in Tallahassee he becamo coun
sel for the Governor of Florida, and
other Republican candidates, and
'onght not to answer without the consent of my
clients, whom I will advise to give me permis
sion to answer." 'the committee, after a private
consultation, unanimously decided that the wit
ness must answer tin question, and there could
be no privileged communications between the
attorney and his clients as against a committee
of the House. Witness refused to answer a sim
ilar question in regard to Louisiana.
The examination of Secretary Chandler
was continued before tbe special committee of
the House on the 18th. Mr. Field asked tim if
he was now prepared to answer the question
heretofore propounded, namely, by whose iu
thority he sent tbe telegram to Gov. Stearns,
promising troops. Mr. Chandler declined to
answer, because of the confidential character of
the communications between tbe President, him
self . and other members of the Cabinet. Tbe
witness was then discharged for tbe present and
the committee went into secret session.
The following additional instructions
from Washington were received by Gen.
Augur, on the 16th, in reply to his inquiry
based upon tbe application of Gov. Packard
for assistance to reinstate the Supreme
Court in the building from which they bad
been dispossessed:
WjtsmNOTOS, Jan. IB. Ge.v. C. C. Augub,
General Commanding, New Orleans : Tour un
derstanding of the President's telegram or the
luh inst. is entirely correct. The President de
sires me to repeat to you that be wishes the
present status throughout the State maintained
until tbe Congressional committees now in Lou
isiana return.
Signed J. D. Cameron,
Secretary of War.
At Sea.
"Why don't you talk, dear? I never
knew that you were so fond of the sea
before. (Here Henry sighed violently.)
But if you are, I don't see why we can't
take this trip often after we are mar
ried. It's very healthful (Henry breath
ed another sigh), and it's very cheap.
Don't you think we might, dear?"
Henry did not reply, but again his
emotions overmastered him.
"Why don't you answer me? O,
don't shake your head. Can't you turn
aroundandlookatme? I think you're
very unkind. If you don't answer me
I declare that I'll never speak to you
men tienry, alter anotner sign,
looked at her with a face as white as a
sheet of paper, and in a weak voice
" Great Julius Caesar, woman, don't
yon see that I'm trying to throw up my
very toe-nails?" fnttaaeipnta auunm.
The introduction of railways in
Egypt has proved a great stimulus to
tnegrowtn oi cotton. That portion ol
the country along the borders of the
Nile is admirably adapted to the culti
vation of this staple, and its product
is of superior quality, much resembling
that of the Gulf States. All along the
route of the railroad line which runs ud
the valley ol tne .Nile, cotton piania-
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njrup, anu me roan is uireauy ia(,uveoTomeTDusinesB
receipt of a very flourishing traffic from
The Bill Agreed TTpon bjr tbe Commit
tees of tbe Senate and Uonse and Re
commended for Fasas;e.
A Bill to provide for and regulate the counting
ot votes lor President ana vice-rresiaeni, anu
the decision of questions arising thereon for
me term commencing Aia.cn 4, anno uirauai,
Be it enacted bv the Senate and Honse of Rep
resentatives of the United States of America in
Conzress assembled. That the Senate and House
of Representatives shall meet in the hall of the
House of Renresentatives at the hour of 10
o'clock ante meridian, on the first Thursday in
February, A. D 1S77, and the President of the
Senate shall be the presiding officer. Two tellers
shall be previously appointed on the part of the
Senate and two on the part of the House of Repre
sentatives, to whom shall be handed, as they are
opened by the President of the Senate, all tbe
certificates, and papers purporting to be certifi
cates, and the papers shall be opened, presented
and acted upon in alphabetical order of the
States, beginning with the letter A, and said
tellers having then read the same, in the presence
and tearing of tbe two Houses, shall make a list
of votes as they shall appear from said certifi
cates, and the votes having been ascertained and
counted, as in the act provided, the result of tbe
same shaU be delivered to the President of the
Senate, who shall thereupon announce the
state of the vote and the names of the persons, if
any, elected, which announcement shall be
deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons
elected President and Vice-President of the
United States, and, together with a listof States,
be entered on tbe Journals of the two Houses.
Upon such reading of any such certificate or pa
per, when there shall be only one re. urn from a
State, the President of the Senate shall call for
objections, if any; every objection shall be made
In riIttnr Mavrl a,.ll ..n,A -.IabwI.. am! awii-Iba!.
and without argument, the ground thereof, .and
shall be argued by at least one Senator and one
memoer ox tne uouso oi uepreseatatives oeiore
the same shall be received. When all objections
so made to any vote or paper from a State shall
have been received and read, the Senate Bhall
thereupon withdraw, and such objections snail
be submitted to the Senate for its decision, and
the Speaker ot the House of Representatives
shall, in like manner, submit such objections to
the House of Representatives for its discussion ;
and no Electoral vote or votes from any state
from which but one return has been received
shall be objected to except by the affirmative vote
of the two Houses. When the two Houses have
voted, they shall immediatelyagain meet, and
the presiding officer shall then announce the de
cision ot the Question snbmitted.
Sec. 2 That if more than one return or pa
per, pui porting to be returns from a State, shall
nave oeen received Dy ice rcesiucnt oi tne sen
ate, purporting to be certificates of Electoral
votes given at the last preceding election for
rresiucm ami vice-rresiuent in sucn state, un
less Ihey shall be duplicates of tbe same returns,
all such returns and papers shall be opened by
him, in the presence of the two Honses, when
met as aforesaid, and read by tellers, and all
such returns and papers shall thereupon be sub
mitted to the Judgment and decision, as to w hich
is the true and lawful Electoral vole of such
State, ot a Commission constituted as follows,
namely: During the ssssion of each House, on
the Tuesday next preceding the first Thursday in
February, i877. each House shall, by a viva voce
vote, appoint five ot its members, who. with
five Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
oi mo united states, to oe ascertained as
hereinafter provided, shall constitute tbe
Commission for the decision of all questions upon
or in respect to such doubtful returns named in
this section, on the Tnesday next preceding the
first Thursday in February, A. D. 1877, or as
soon thereafter as may be. The Associate Jus
tices of the Supreme Court of the United States
now assigned to the First, Third, Eighth and
Ninth Circuits shall select, in such manner as
the majority of them shall deem fit, ano her of
.the Associate Justices of said Court, which five
persqjta shall be members of said Commission,
and tne person longest in commission of the said
Justices shall be President ot said Commission.
Tbe members of said Commission shall respect
ively take and subscribe to tbe following oath :
I, , do solemnly swear or affirm, as the
case may be, that I will impartially examine and
consider all questions submitted to tbe Commis
sion of which I am a member, and a true Judg
ment give thereon, agreeably to the Constitution
and the laws.
Which oath shall be filed with the Secretary of
the Senate. When lbs Commission shall have
been thus organized, it shall not be In the power
of either House to dissolve the same or to with
draw any one of Its members, but -if any such
Senator or member shall die or become physi
cally unable to perform the du
ties required by this act, the fact
of such death or physical inability shall be by
said Commission, before it shall proceed further,
commuicated to the Senate or House of Represent
atives, as the case may be. which body shall Im
mediately and without debate proceed by a viva
voce vote to fill tbe place so vacated, and the
perssn so appointed shall take and subscribe to
the oath heretofore presented and become a mem
ber of said Commission; and in like manner, in
case any of said Justices of the Supreme Court
shall die or become physically incapable
of performing the duties required by
this act, the other ot said Justices,
members oi said Commission, shall immediately
appoint another Justice of said Court a member
of said Commission, and in such appointments
regard shall be bad to the impartiality and free
dom from bias sought by the original appoint
ments to said Commission, who shall thereupon
immediately take and subscribe to the oath here
inbefore subscribed and become member of said
Commission to fill tbe vacancy so occasioned.
All the certificates and papers purporting to be
certificates of Electoral votes of each State shall
be opened in tbe alphabetical order of tbe States,
as provided in section one of this act, and when
there shall be more than one such certificate r
Daner. as the certiOicatea and papers from such
State shall be so opened, excepting duplicates of
the same return .they shall be read by tellers . and
thereupon tno rresiaem or me senate snail can
for objections, if any. Every objection shall
be made in writing, and shall state
clearly and concisely and without argument the
grounds thereof, and shall be signed by at least
one Senator and one member of tbe House of
Representatives' before the same shall
be received When all such objections so
made to any certificates, vote or paper, from a
State shall have been received and read, all
such certificates, votes and papers so objected
to, and all papers accompanying the same, to
gether with such objections, shall be forthwith
submitted to said Con mission, which shall pro
ceed to consider the same with the same powers,
if any, now possessed for that purpose by the
two Houses aciine separately or together, and
by a majority ot votes decide whether any and
wnat vote irom sucn state are ue vovsproviaea
for by the Constitution of the United States, and
how many and wnat persons were
duly appointed Electors In such State,
and may therein take into view
such petitions, depositions and other papers, if
anv, as shall by the Constitution and now ex
isting laws be competent and pertinent in such
consideration, which decision shall be made in
writing, stating Drtenr me grouna inereor, ana
signed by the members of said Commission
agreeing therein, whereupon the two Houses
hall again meet, and such decision shall be
read, and entered in the Journal of each House.
The counting of the votes shall proceed in con
formity therewith, unless, upon objection being
made thereto In writing by at least fire Senators
and five members of the House ot Representa
tives, the two Houses shall separately concur in
ordering otherwise, in which case sneb concur
rent order shall govern. No votes or papers
from any other State shall be acted upon until
objections previously made to the votes or papers
from any State shall have been finally disposed
Sec. 3. That while the two Houses shall be in
meeting as provided in this act. no debate shall
be aUowed, and no question shall be put by the
presiding officer, except to either House, or a
motion to withdraw, and he shall have power to
preserve order.
Sec. 4. That when the two Houses separate
to decide upon an objection that may have been
made to the counting of any Electoral vote or
votes from any State, or upon objection to a re-
Kit of said Commission, or other question aria
r under this act, each Senator or Representa
tive may speak to such objection or question ten
minutes, ant not of tener than once. But after
such debate shall have lasted two hours, it shall
be the duty of each ot the Houses to put the main
question without further debate.
See. 5. That at such JolntmeetingofthoHonse
seats shaU be provided as follows: For the
President of the Senate, the Speaker'schalr; for
the Speaker, Immediately upon his left; the
Senators, in the body of the hall upon the right
of the Prrsiding officer; for the Representatives,
in thebody of tbe hall not provided for the Sen
ators; for the Tellers. Secretaries ot the Senate
and Clerks of the House of Representatives, at
the Clerk's desk; for other officers ot the
two Houses, in front of the Clerk's deck
and upon each side of the Speaker's plat
form. Such Joint meeting shaU not be
dissolved until the count ot Electoral votes shall
be completed and the result declared, and no re
cess shaU be taken unless a question shall have
arisen in regard to the counting ot any such
votes, or otherwise, under this act, in which
case it shall be competent for either House, act
ing separately in the manner herein before provid
m tt Hirprtm Tri of sneh House, not be
yond the next itay, Sunday excepted, at the
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U?estion Is beicidered by M.d . Commls-
sion, diner neuscmaj iijwccv viiuihksuu-
& Thutnnthhurin this aetshallbe held
to impair or affect any right now existing under
the Constitution and laws, to question, by pro-
ceedings in the Judicial courts of the United
States, the right or title ot the person who shall
be declared elected, or who shall claim to be
President or Vice-President of the United States ,
it any such right exists.
Sec. 7. That f aid Commission shall make its
own rules, keep a record of its proceedings, and
shall have power to employ such persons as may
be necessary for the transaction of lis business
and the execution of its power.
When a man is called by his friends
"brilliant, but erratic," it means that
he will get drunk occasionally.
Said a man in a street-ear, "Don't
forget the baby ; give my love to him."
Said the other man, evidently a Lon
doner, " 'E ain't a 'im, 'e's a 'er."
The time approaches when a fellow
buys for his chum's sister a highly or
namental valentine, tne great center oi
attraction of which is a picture of the
fabled boy who has decidedly more
wings than overcoat.
You can always tell whether a buzz
saw is going or not by simply feeling
of it, but it generally takes about as
long to find the ends of your fingers as
it would to have gone and asked the
foreman of the shop if the thing was in
AVe are slow to recognize the beauti
ful appropriateness of relatives 'un
til we find ourselves in a strange
land, hungry and financially demoral
ized, and discover that we have a sec
ond cousin in town. Fulton Times.
An article entitled "Where the Driver
Should Sit," is now going the rounds.
Given a Portland cutter, a cold moon
light p.venino. and the onlv other occu
pant besides ourselves a blooming little
widow, we don't think there can be any
question as to.where the driver would
When a young and inexperienced
man has been invited to dissect the tur
key, and is in a cold perspiration over
tne uncertainly as iu wiuuu cuu uic
wishbone is situated in, nothing pleases
him so much as to have the scientific
person who is present request the com
pany to watch and note the beautiful
system of anatomy displayed in a fowl.
There is a young man in the neigh
borhood who is always melancholy and
always out of work. The other day he
was asked by a kindly disposed man
whether he could find no work. "Sir,"
said he, " the only thing that slurs my
happiness is my appetite. Can I help
it?" "No." "The only thing that
appeases my appetite is my food. Can
I help it?" "No, certainly not."
" The only thing that procures me food
is money. Canlhelpit?" "Of course
not: everv bodv has to buy food."
wavto get
and here the tears came rolling down
his cheek, "there's the rub. Work
spoils my appetite, and I haven't any
thing else to live for."
"Belles or the Kitchen" In Seal Life.
A family living in Lancester Street
went to New York, leaving the servants
in charge of the house. Supposing that
the visit was to be prolonged till after
New Year's, the "belles of the kitchen"
determined to improve their opportunity
and give a select party. Invitations
were issued for Thursday night, and
that evening as jolly a crowd col
lected as was to be found in the whole
city. The "spread" was ample, the
luxurious belongings were well enjoyed,
add "all went merry as a marriage bell."
Suddenly a sharp ring at the door-bell
startled those who heard it. A tele
gram was handed in announcing that
"tne iamuy wouiu arrive wiuiui au
hour!" All was consternation; the
"guests" were made aware of the situa
tion, and. leaving the table but Dartlv
cleared of its good things, donned their
outer garments and departed. The
"hostesses" began the almost impossi
ble task of putting things to rights in
the short time allowed them ; but did
their best, and at the expiration of the
hour something like order reigned once
more. But the family came not, and
haven't come yet. The telegram was
a heartless forgery committed by some
envious creature who didn't get an "in
vitation." Albany Times.
m m
Two Harmless Poses That Make Oae
Chlorate of potassium and iodide of
potassium are both entirely harmless
in suitable doses. Furthermore, those
two salts do not react upon each other
in solution, even at a boiling heat.
Yet it has been proved.that, when they
are administered together, they do
combine in the stomach, producing
iodate of potassium, which is poison
ous. M. Melsens found that dogs
could take the chlorate or iodine in
doses from five to seven grammes with
impunity, but that a mixture of the
two killed them in a few days, with the
symptoms of poisoning by iodate of po
tassium. This combination must there
fore be avoided. Indeed, as a general
rule, the chlorate is so unstable, and so
ready to give up its oxygen, that it can
not safely be combined with any sub
stance capable of oxidation. Ameri
can Journal of Pharmacy.
Tnn.sK who suffer from sleeplessness
and the number is not small might
do well to notice their position at night.
A German physiologist states that the
heating of the earth by the sun causes
magnetic currents from the equator to
each pole. We should lie, therefore, in
tho direction of these currents; if we
lie across these, the result is unpleasant,
and want of sleep is tne consequence.
The head to the north is the best posi
tionto the west the worst. Physicians
ahn have chares of hospitals all attend
to the directions in which the beds are
placed, and with the best results.
Sats the Bridgeport (Conn.) Stand
ard'. Our readers will remember the
case of Miss Lucy Osborn, of New Mil
ford, who had her scalp torn off in a
button factory on the 21st of Septem
ber, 1874, and who has since then been
recovering slowly. The process of in
grafting a new scalp upon her head has
oeen guuig vu vonuuy utuiuj; uci resi
dence at St. Luke's Hospital, New York,
where she has been during the past two
years past. Over 8,000 piece of human
flesh have been in this way placed upon
her head. She will be able to return
home in about'a year longer.
" The only way ior me to get money is
to work. Can I help it?" "That is
the best way to get it." "But, sir,"
An Old Trapper's BesmudsceHces.
A. G. Boone, of Denver, Col., sends
the following communication to the
New York Otaphic:
Having just returned with the Com
mission to negotiate with the Sioux, of
which I was a member, I was informed
in a late issue of your paper you pub
lished a sketch of Gen. B. L. E. Bonne
ville, in which some errors have crept
which I would like to correct without
detracting from the well established
fame of the General. The public gen
erally seem to think that Bonneville
and Fremont and Marcy were the first
explorers of the sections of which they
give such graphic -descriptions, but in
this tney are in error, as most oi tne
country was hunted, trapped, and pros
pected years before they set about their
scientific explorations. Capt. Bonne
ville received a furlough in 1832, and
explored the West for four years.
In 1825 I accompanied Gen. W.JH.
Ashley, of St. Louis, with a party of
100 trappers, to the Rocky Mountains.
Ashley took out a party of fifty men in
1823, at which time I was among the
Osages in charge of the trading outfits
of Messrs. Paul Balis & Co., of St.
Louis. He left his party near the Great
Salt Lake, under Jackson and Sublett,
and took out our party to reinforce
them. We found on arriving on Bear
River that the Indians had attacked and
dispersed the first party, and the sur
vivors were scattered through the moun
tains. The trappers of our party, and
others who were in the country, trapped
all along the mountains from the Brit
ish possessions into Mexico. Our prin
cipal competitors in those days were
tne iree trappers oi tne onuiu xiurm
western Fur Company, who ranged all
over west of the mountains, and had
taken out 3,000,000 beavers before Ash
ley's first party went to work. When
Ashley returned to St. Louis in 1825 he
left the party of about 95 men camped
on Bear River (now in Utah), in charge
of Col. Robert Campbell, now one of the
wealthiest men of St. Louis.
In 1825 the most Western military
post was Fort Osage, in Jackson Coun
ty, Mo., and the wilderness stretched
from there westward. The Indians in
those days were armed with stone
hatchets and lances, and their arrows
flint-tipped. It was only amusement to
fight them, and a few trappers went
fearlessly anywhere. I well remember
one incident of that my first trip. As
we were traveling along the Platte Riv
er uplands one' day, we discovered in
the distance a large number of Indians,
and those of us who had not made the
trip to tho mountains before were ex
cited iu anticipation of a brush, when
the Indians suddenly disappeared. The
plain stretched in full view before us,
and we could have seen them go off in
any direction. You can imagine our
wonder, and the jokes put at us by the
old trappers, who tried to make us be
lieve we had seen a mirage, common on
those plains. But a short time
brought us to the under
ground village of the Pawnees,
where they lived in subterraneous
rooms, like the prairie dogs. These
rooms were about eight feet in diame
ter, and lined with grass and buffalo
hides, each being the abode of a family.
We had no especial incidents beyond
those of hunting and trapping on the
expedition. We ran into a party of
Rickarees who were going to fight the
Pawnees, and a few of our fellows put
the party to flight. Along' the moun
tains 10 or 20 Indians would occasion
ally pitch at one of our men when they
got him in a close place, but if he could
get a fair show he could keep them off
until assistance reached him. They pre
ferred fighting their Indian enemies to
botnenng us.
In 1825 we traveled 1,200 miles, to
our beaver grounds, and our carts were
tasen tnrougn tne ooum raas uiue
years before Bonneville is said to have
taken the first wagon train through
there. None of the regular trapping
outfits had wagons in those days, but a
light cart called a charatte was used by
the voyagers.
The Santa Fe traders who went after
silver took a route of 1,100 miles
through the wilderness ten years before
Marcy graduated from West Point, in
1832. Along between 1825 and 1835
the fur-trade fever was at its height.
The American Fur Company of St.
Louis and -the other companies had
over 1,000 men in their employ. They
built forts at the mouth of the Yellow
stone, at the Mandan Village (above
tho present site of Bismarck, D. T.),
and at the mouth of the Teton, since
called Bad River. Fort Leavenworth
was also built by the United States.
The British company had fully 1,000
men trapping and trading west of the
mountains, and the Mexicans had quite
as many trappers and traders
from the mountains to the Pacific, and
there were more than as many more
free-traders and trappers scattered all
over the West and Northwest.
Many of these men found gold in the
Black Hills and other places, but the
trapping and trading paid far better
men tnan gold minting, and was more
certain, and when the rush was made
for California all the old trappers point
ed to the Black Hills as a fine field for
mining enterprise, inese trappers
rarely ever became miners; they pre
ferred their solitary rambles to the
bustle of a mining camp ; but they pen
etrated everywnere and guided the ex
lorers to the wonderful scenes in whose
escription they have gained such fame.
in conclusion I wm say tnat tut car
son was a relative of mine, though
much younger, his mother being a
Boone. One day meeting Fremont in
the Capitol and speaking of Carson and
other things, he said: "Boone, I
thought I was the first white man at In
dependence Rock, but I found your
name there." I then told him that it
was the trappers' mile-post on the
Sweetwater for years before I saw it.
Thz combatants met at Slaughter's
Gap, Maryland. Both seemed bent on
gore, and both fired as rapidly as 60
shots a minute. They returned to Bal
timore early in the evening. Mr. May
promptly settled his bill for the destruc
tion of several valuable fruit trees, and
Mr. Bennett as promptly gave his check
in compensation for injuries inflicted
on the exposed side of a new and fash
ionable barn which stood a few hundred
feet from the place of meeting..
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