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Y ttler day of cotton and gold: Liverpool cot
ton, 5 15-lGd. Memphis cotton, 10 1-Sc. Xetc
Orleans coton, 10 1-ic. Sric York cotton,
10 3-4c. Xeic York gold, 10) 3 8.
Wb Prj-r.. Orric Cs. 8m. Omci t
WisHiinmm, April 10, 1 a.m. (
For Tennessee and the Ohio valley , north
last to southeast winds, rising, potsilly fol
lowed by falling barometer, wanner, partly
loudif or clear ueather.
War Iitr-"r, Sir.i, Sfktioi U. 6. Army.
Mo hat. April 15. Ih7s, 10 OS p.m. i
I'Lfu- of . I Th I Wind, i Weath-
Obwrranon.) W-1 Ther. Wr , yorm fr
Walventon... d.-,i 75 S LUtiL Clu.
Iodlanola. i2u.77 74 8.E. LUcbt k:iear.
LoulTtIle...t.M5 H N.K. Krmb. Clear.
MempliU....l2i.M4 M2 K. dentle. 'Clear.
Nalillle.... 2WH2 W W. Light. rntr.
Ntw Orleans. 2W.73 7H S.W. Gentle, Clear.
Hhiwport.. JAHi, . 71 Calm. CJear.
TtekstxifK ... 2.w,sr K. tienile. 'Clear.
M. MKI.HQY, Bergoaut.
Wall street wu absorbed with the subject
of resumption yesterday.
Gold Bold in. New York yesterday as low
as lOOJi, clo'.n at 100(3100".
There was a notable increase in the num
ber of failures reported by telegraph yester
day. All the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts,
have given notice of a general reduction of
from five to fifteen per cent, in wages.
A Berlin correspondent states that Bis
marck is of opinion that if the powers will
consent to the retrocession of Bessarabia, the
extension of Kussia into Asia as far as Erze
roum, and pecuniary indemnity to Russia,
Germany would undertake to persuade Rus
sia to grant the congress full power to modify
the other territorial changes referred to in
the San Stefano treaty.
The New York Times says: "Austria is
indignant at Russia's attempt to bribe Servia
with the ottered cession of Bosnia. Russia is
indignant at the construction of fresh Turkish
defenses around Constantinople. Turkey is
indignant at the symptoms of a second de
barkation of English troops on Tcnedos
Island. Roumania is indignant at the con
centration of Russian troops around Frateshti
and Giurgevo, and not less so at the rumored
demand of Gortschakoff that the anti-Russian
utterances of the native journals shjxll be re
pressed; while England is indignant at every
thing and everybody, her own ministers in
cluded." Fizz! What a regular sparkling
champagne affair the war has become!
Fifteen Acres of the Business Part of the
Town Laid Waste by an Incendiary
Fire Fifty-seven of the Best
Buildings Destroyed.
The Loss Estimated at Half a Million
Dol lars Names of Sufferers, and
Amounts of Losses to Insur
ance Companies Partic
ulars of the Fire.
Nashville. April 14. A destructive fire
occurred at Clarksville last night. The best
judges estimate the loss at half a million dol
lars. The burnt district covers fifteen acres.
The Gracy warehouse covered one acre it
self. The Hartford lost about $16,000; the
Kquitable, of Nashville, 113,500: Liverpool
and London, $9000; Home, of New York,
f 10,000: Altna. of Hertford, and State, of
Nashville, $7500 each; Continental, of New
York. $3000; and the Phoenix, of Brooklyn.
$12,000. These are all estimated losses. Be
tween fifty and seventy-five principal houses
were destroyed.
Nashville, April 15. It is now definite
ly ascertained that fifty-seven housei were de
stroyed by the Clarksville fire, including the
bost buildings in the city. The insurance is
estimated at one hundred and fifty thousand
dollars, but has not yet been itemized and
cannot be until to-morrow, owing to the ex
citement prevailing throughout the day. The
fire is regarded as the work of an incendiary,
with which t'ae b.aclcs seemed deeply to sym
pathize, refusing: aid in suppressing the flames.
Policeman Pnillips yesterday afternoon shot
and killed a negro named Seat while resist
ing him with stones. This aroused a feeling
among tho blacks and tbey threatened to
mob Phillips, who was placed in jail for safe
ty. It is supposed the fire was tho result of
the recent lynching of a negro for an attempt
to rape a white girl, and Seat's death. Fifty
special policemen are patrolling the streets of
Clarksv.lle to-night. Nine hundred hojrs
heads of tobacco were destroyed by the fire
and rain. The list of houses embraces all
kinds of business, and among them the news
paper - office, courthouse, bank, two jewelry
stores, two dry goods stores, eight groceries,
two public halls and ten residences.
The following companies are the principal
losers by the Clarksville fire: Equitable, of
Nashville, flS.fiOO; Hartrord. $15,700: Con
tinental, $i:.000; rixvnix, $12,500; Home.
New York, $10,000; Liverpool, Ijondon and
Globe, $400; --Etna. $9750; State. Nash
ville, $7550; London Assurance, $3000; Un
derwriters, New York, $1500; American
Ontral, $1000. Besides the above there is
$51,000 in companies not yet made known.
Total insurance, $150,000. Total loss about
At a public mooting- held at Clarksville to
day a committee of both colors was appointed
to investigate the killing of Columbus Seat,
colored, and the origin of the fire. The
boatd of sJdwroen passed an ordinance for
the more effectual prevention of fire.
(several Ptrssnn Hilled and Iafared
and Considerable Property lestrT-ed-Hallway
Cars Blswa rrsm
the Trsrk. Ele.
Tofexa. April 15. A tornado struck Cot
tonwood fetation, on the Atchison, Topekaand
Santa Fe railroad, about four o'clock Satur
day afternoon, tho thirteenth. The Cotton
wood hot.-l and several buildings were blown
down. Mrs. Miller was killed, and her hus
band and four children were dangerously
hurt; Mrs. Walter and two children, Fred
Smith, wife and three children, John Merritt,
Lizzie M?rntt and Mrs. Matthew were
seriously hurt. At Jacob's creek Mrs.
Bdcw had her le;r badly broken,
At Phenis creek EJward Davis's youngest
child was dangerously hurt; Mrs. Osborn,
linns- on the prairie, had two children killed;
Mrs. Kate Ross, living on Dry Creek, seri
ously, perhaps fatally hurt. The storm
reached Emooria about half-past four o'clock.
Soden's mill was badly damaged, and the roof
of the normal school building injured. But
little damasre was don-) in the center of the
city. In the country the destruction of prop
erty was great. Houses ana Darns were torn
ta frapoieuts. and trees were torn up. Ten
loaded cars were blown from the track at
Cottonwood station.
Whispering- of Love.
1 nnr hariv'a life ia in danirer whenever it IS
troubled with a cough or cold. Give Dr
Ball's cough syrup.
Mr. k'lmintr Bill to Provide for Deter
mining the Title of the President
and Tlce-Presldent to their
Renpectlre 0 Dices, Elicits
A General Discussion In the House
Upon the Parliamentary Propriety
of Entertaining the Question
It Is Finally Referred to the
Judiciary Com ml I toe.
The Bill Repealing the Bankrupt Act
Passed by the Senate A Long List of
Army Officials for the Retired
List A Number of Bills.
The House.
Washington, April 15. Bills intro
duced and referred: By Mr. Willis N. Y. :
A bill reciting the near approach of specie
payments; directing the President to make a
solemn proclamation thut it is the firm de
termination of congress to enact no further
laws affecting currency or finance until specie
payments shall have been actually resumed,
and authorizing the secretary of the treasury
to prepare four per cent, bonds in the denom
inations of twenty, fifty and one hundred
dollars, payable in standard coin at the ex
piration of forty years, to be exchangeable at
no lees than its face value into United States
legal-tender notes. By Mr. Cox N. Y:
Providing that any person who
shall disfigure the national flag,
either by printing thereon or attaching to the
same any advertisement for public display,
shall be guilty of misdemeanor, and, on con
viction thereof in the United States district
court, shall be fined not exceeding fifty dol
lars, or imprisoned not exceeding
thirty days, at the discretion
of the court. By Mr. Kimmel: To
provide a mode for trying and determining
by the supreme court of the United States the
title ot the President and .Vice-President of
the United States to their respective offices,
when their election is denied by one or more
States of the Union. By Mr. Swann: A res
olution from the Maryland legislature re
opening the Presidential election.
At the end of the reading of the resolution
Mr. Garfield raised a question of consideration.
He objected to its reception at this hour,
and that this was a matter settled by authority
of congress. The majority of the house
could refuse to receive it.
The Speaker There is no consideration
asked for it.
Mr. Garfield It is to be referred to a com
mittee for consideration.
The Speaker1 Under the rules of the house
it is not allowed for consideration.
Mr. Garfield It is mv onlv method of ob
jecting to the consideration of the paper at
. L. ' . - J C It I 1 i a 1 1
mi Biagu. ii u were oruugot into me
house and offered for action, we could raise
the question of consideration; now it is put
in train for action, and my only way of rais
ing the question of consideration is to object
to its reference.
Mr. CoxN.Y. read rule 130 of the house,
which provides that bills introduced dur
ing the morning hour be referred without de
bate. Mr. Garfield said the house was the con
troller of its own business. For instance, if
a bill was introduced to subvert the govern
ment, the house could refuse to refer it.
That right the house had never given away.
Mr. Stephens In such a case as that, when
any bill is introduced into the house the
question of reception may be raised by any
body, and it may be rejected on its brat read
ing; that! takes precedence of the ques
tion of reference.
The Speaker Will the gentleman direct
the attention of the chair to any such rule ?
Mr. btepuens 1 speak ot parliamentary
1 rwr im f Vi i ti mica nnvatra, T vri i-V n a..n
the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Garfield J that
i crust ne win wicnaraw nis orjecuon to mis
measure. It came from one ot the states ot
this Union. Let it go, and be referred. Do
not raise a question of this sort on this par
liamentary motion. I trust the gentleman
will withdraw, and let this resolution be re
ferred to the judiciary committee.
Mr. Cox I JN. i.l sio motion to reject can
be made. The States have some rights left
yet. When they present resolutions we are
bound to receive them, lne right ot peti
tion on the part of the people and States is
equal, and cannot be abrogated. The gen- i
tleman from Georgia Mr. Stephens speaks
of Borne parliamentary rule by which we can
vote to reject. 1 am aware ot the rule to
which he refers, but in this peculiar morning
hour the speaker has no alternative except to
submit the question of reference.
Mr. Haskell K.s.1 1 desire to know it it
is not competent for the house to decide to
what committee any bill may be referred.
The Speaker It is, and that is about as
far as the house has ever gone.
Mr. Haskell If that is so. is it not compe
tent for the house to decide that it shall not
refer it at all?
The Speaker That would be an infringe
ment of the individual rights of a member in
his capacity of a representative.
Sir. Oliver lhe hm reading of a bill is
for information, and, if opposition be made.
the bill may be rejected.
the bpeaker Ihis is not a bill: it is a
communication from a State legislature.
Mr. Oliver would not the same rule ap-
ihe speaKer ine cnair tninas that a rule
made to apply to bills is not comprehensive
enough to embrace communications from
State legislatures; those are introduced in
the nature of memorials.
Mr. Oliver1 The gentleman from New
York Cox takes the position that the ques
tion of rejection cannot be entertained in re
gard to any bill.
Mr. Cox In the last congress a motion
was raada by the gentleman from Indiana to
reject a certain bill with reference to the cur
rency, but the speaker decided that it could
not be made during the morning hour.
The Speaker lhe chair thinks this is not
analogous to the bill at all; this is a commu
nication from a State legislature, embraced
within the right of petition.
Mr. springer desired to read section 6 of
the bill incorporating the electoral commis
sion. Mr. Reagan I object to the bill.
The Speaker The chair thinks that this is
in the nature of a point of order, and thinks
the subject is too important a one to refuse to
listen to a point of order.
Mr. Springer Then read section 6 of the
electoral commission bill, which provides that
nothing in the act shall be held to impair or
effect the right of any person to test the title
of the person elected, if any such right exists.
Mr. Garfield I demand a vote onthe ques
tion of reference, and call for the ayes and
Mr. Thompson If it be in order. I move
that the memorial and all the accompanying
papers be referred to a special committee of
htleen, to be appointed by the speaker. I
make that motion for this reason, that in ap
pointing that committee I have full confi
dence that the speaker of this house will
faithfully perform his delicate and important
duty, and that the committee so constructed
will have the confidence of this house and
will command the respect of the whole coun
try. Mr. O'Neal I hope my esteemed col
league f Thompson will withdraw his motion
to refer the paper to a select committee of
hlteen, as such a motion gives an importance
to the 8 abject which, in my opinion, is in
sulting to the house, and is designed to cre
ate unrest in the country upon the settled
question of the Presidential title. The reso
lution is neither a petition nor a memorial; it
asked nothing of congress: it was simolv a
notification that the Maryland legislature had
considered toe subject.
Mr. Springer hoped the gentleman from
Iowa would not dictate to the legislature of
a state what kind of a petition thev should
send to congress. It was the province of the
States to send them to congress, and they
should be received in a respectful manner.
Mr. Garfield insisted on the right of the
house to say whether the paper should be re
ferred to a committee or not. If it was net
referred, then it retiinm. d upon the table of
the noue.
Mr. Conger demanded that the motion
should be put: Would the house now con
sider the motion to refer?
The Speaker The chair thinks that it is
not a proper motion. This paper has a right
to reference.
Mr. Conser-That is a question for the
house, not the chair, to decide.
The Speaker Sometimes the chair has his
opinion, and usually advises the house.
Mr. Conger 1 wottld be unwilling to dis
pute that.
Mr. Banks argued that the house had the
right to say whether the resolution should be
considered or not. Suppose a resolution
should be presented denouncing as guilty of
a crime the speaker, or any other member of
the house, was the house compelled to re
ceive such resolution? If a resolution de
nouncing the President should be presented
was the house bound to receive it V No; it
could refuse to receive it. He remembered
when, on account of certain opinions pro
nounced by Daniel Webster, a petition
throwing obloquy on his name and character
was presented to the legislature of Massa
chusetts and the legislature refused to re
ceive it All that he desired was that the
house should have the right to say whether
the present resolution should be considered
or not. On the question of right to consider
the house should never, under any circum
stances, surrender its privilege, for it was one
which might at any time affect the honor
and character not only of the house but of
every member of it.
Mr. Cox N. Y. contended that under the
rule petitions, like all other matter coming
up in the morning hour of Monday, must be
referred without debate. The rule had been
ever interpreted to mean that a unanimous
request by the house for the transaction of
business, other than reference and the print
ing of bills and of joint resolutions, could
not be entertained by the speaker. The rule
was express and unchanged and unchange
able, so far as the right of petition was con
cerned. This was in one sense a memoral
from a sovereign Stale, the State of Mary
land. It was in decorous terms; it came
here as a petition under the first amendment
to the constitution the right ol the people
to petition for redress of grievances. It was
not for him to argue what the grievance in this
case was, because the matter had to be re
ferred without debate, there was only one
question to be considered in the matter the
question of reference and printing. The
gentleman from Massachusetts was forget
ting the old traditions of his party. On the
right of petition he would remind him
that when John Quincy Adams's pe
tition for a dissolution of the Union
was presented in the house from
the State of Massachusetts, the gentlemen on
tha other side undertook to have it referred.
That was opposed on the Democratic side of
of the house; but the right of petition had
been vindicated by time, by reason, and by
patriotism. In this case there was a larger
right than the ordinary right'of petition. It
was the right of a sovereign State to present
its grievances, and the State of Maryland
has done so in this memorial.
Mr. Stephens In part I agree with the
gentleman from Massachusetts Banks, and
also with the gentleman from Ohio Garfield,
as well as with the chair, but I hold that it is
unquestionable as parliamentary law in all
bodies, that when any matter is presented
the question may be raised, shall it, or shall
itjnot.be considered? The forty-first rule,
under which the gentleman from Massachu
setts argues, presents a totally different ques
tion; that relates to our ordinary business ;
that relates to whether we will act upon it
now. Prior to that stands the general
parliamentary principle that every delibera
tive body, when any matter is presented to
it, has a right to say, "we will not receive,
we will not entertain;" that is the word, or we
reject it. The question which the gentleman
from Ohio Garfield raises is equivalent to
that, which is, that we reject it: that the
house will not entertain it. That is also what
the gentleman from Massachusetts TBanksl
means by what he claims under the forty-first
Mr. Banks My position is this: The rule
in regard to receiving resolutions from the
state legislatures appoints a time when they
shall be in order. The gentleman from Mary
land I Mr. swann I has presented a resolu
tion from that State, and it is in the hands
of the speaker. Then the house has the
right to say whether it will receive it or not,
and at the present moment objection is made
to its receptioa. It is impossible, Mr. Speak
er, that any individual or public body can
have the right to present here anything which
he or it desires, independently of the will of
the house to receive it. The petitions which
the gentlemen from Georgia and New York
Mr. Stephens and Mr. Cox have referred to
were petitions presented in proper manner,
under the constitution. This is not a peti
tion. This isa resolution of a State legisla
ture. In this case there is nothing which
obliges the house to receive the resolution.
Mr. Stephens lhe gentleman trom Massa
chusetts certainly does not understand, he
and I do not disagree. 1 say that it is the
right of every parliamentary body at the in
itiative, when the question is presented,
whether a memorial or petition, or anything
else, to say whether it will receive it or not.
Mr. Hanks 1 did not understand it in that
Mr. Stephens Certainly, that is my posi
tion, and I understand the gentleman from
Massachusetts to raise the question ot con
sideration under the forty-first rule, and I
say that his question should be the question
of entertainment.
Mr. Banks Very .well; I assent to that
Mr. Stephen i nat iorty-urst rule simply
means "will we act upon this matter now f
But the question really to be raised in this
case is: "Will the house entertain this resolu
tion, or will it reject it?" It is the right of
the house to say to-day whether it will reject
it or not. That is the fundamental principle
of parliamentary law. All this discussion in
years gone by related to this question about
presentation, ii was ine rigut oi me peti
tioner to have the petition presented; but the
question was as to the duty of the house to
receive it. lhe grand right ot the house to
reject the petition never was denied. That
parliamentary principle of law to raise a mo
tion as to the reception or rejection of a paper
has never been touched by our rules. That
underlies our rules. Our rules are all founded
upon it. No legislative., body .could exist
without that right. Just as you would turn
out a man obtruding himself at your door, so
you have a right to reject a petition. It is a
right ot self-organization, ot sell-protection
But it should be wisely and patriotically exer
cised, lhe grand mistake ot those who con
tended against the policy of receiving peti
tions has been discovered when it was too
late. The great right of the American peo
ple to petition is now settled, 1 suppose,
without question from any quarter. Now.
the house to-day has the right to reject this
memorial from the State of Maryland if it
sees fit, but is it wise to do it? Is it just?
Ought not a State of the Union to have a
hearing here? Ought not this memorial to
be referred to a committee? This country
will say "yes," and it will be a great error if
this house should say "no."
The Speaker The chair desires to say as
tha gentleman from Massachusetts Banks
relies on rule 41 on behait ot his declaration
of the right
Mr. Banks (interrupting) No.sir; my po
sition is. that under rule 130 the right is ex
hausted when the State has been called. If the
house receives a netition. then the other pro
ceedings take place as to its disposition, but
if, as the gentleman from Georgia has sug
gested, the house refuses to receive it, or if
the house rejects it, then these lurther pro
ceedings are suspended.
The Speaker The chair understands the
gentleman from Massachusetts to claim the
right which the house had to say, whether it
would consider the question; and the gentle
man from Michigan Conger referredto rule
i as estaoiisning mat ngnt. ine chair
agrees with the gentleman from Georgia
Stephens! in this particular, that that rule
does not cover this case; that rule, which was
anterior to rule l.JU, reters to the considera
tion of a subject in the manner of proceed
ing to its disposition, lhe .gentleman from
Georgia, however, draws a line of
distinction between the right to consider
and a right to receive now. Under rule i:iO.
which directs the chair as to the manner of
procedure, communications of this character
from State legislatures are authorized to be
read in the morning hour on Monday, and
the rule provides how they should be dis
posed oi. U says that they shall be pre
sented "for reference and printing." The
chair thinks that the inherent right alluded
to by the gentleman from Georgia, in every
legi-lative body, is fully realized by this body
in case it shall refuse to refer its petitions.
A motion to refuse to refer is. in the rtnininn
of the chair, equivalent to a motion to refuse
to receive: at all events the effect 'a the same.
The gentleman from Massachusetts forgets,
and perhaps many other members of the
house forget, that the subject of this peti
tion has already gone to the judiciary
committee by a bill introduced by
another gentleman from Maryland
Mr. Rimmel,and referred to that committee,
and that the bill precedes this memorial from
the State legislature of Maryland. This
communication from the State legislature is
a respectful communication on a subject of
vast importance. It is proper that it should
have duo deliberation and the chair therefore
thinks that the rule broperly provides for its
reference, 'lhe gentleman from Massachu
setts undertook to prove by a suppositions
case that a communication might come in
here, which was disrespectful to the house,
which charged a member of tho house with
crime, or anything of that sort, but the chair
will remind the. gentleman from Massachu
setts that this is not such a case, and that he
might attempt to establish any cause of rea
soning by a simile of that kind. There is no
such predicament as that in this case; here
is a respectful communication ; the rule pro
vides for its reference, and the chair thinks
that a vote should be taken on this reference
in a line of thought of the gentleman from
Georgia Mr. Stephens. The chair would
think that a refusal to refer would be equiv
alent to a refusal to receive.
Mr. Cox Ohio said that while he agreed
with the rule, as stated by the speaker, he
did not agree with the speaker as to one ef
fect flowing from it. He believed that under
that rule, when a petition or memorial was
read from the clerk's desk, the right of the
petition was fully accomplished. If no mem
ber should then make any motion whatever
in regard to it, it would simply go on the ta
ble ot the bouse, and afterward it could be
considered in accordance with the rules. He
wished, therefore, to be understood as as
serting that when a petition or memorial
is read, every respect which a petitioner can
ask for is fully given, and that any action be
yond that, whether the house felt one way
or another, is just as respectful.
lhe speaker And yet th rule states that
a joint resolution from a State legislature
shall be tor reterencejand printing.
Mr. Oox lUtnol Yes. if the house so
choose; but I believe the house is not bound
either to print them or refer them.
Mr. Hanks All that is reauired bv the
rule is that the States shall be called.
Mr. Hendee called for the regular order of
The speaker stated that under the standing
rule which assigns the third Monday
in the month, after two o'clock, to the
business of the District of Columbia.
that business must now be taken up, and
that the pending question would have to go
over for the present.
Mr. Gar held 1 desire to enter a motion to
reconsider the vote whereby the bill intro
duced by) the : gentleman from Maryland
AimmellJ was referred to the judiciary com
The Speaker The Tchair cannot entertain
that motion. The rule provides that bills in
troduced in the morning hour on Monday
shall not be brought back by motion to re
consider. Mr. Garfield My motion is not to bring
back the bill, but to reconsider the vote of
The Speaker That would bringback thebill.
The house then proceeded to the business
of the District of Columbia. The first bill
taken up being a bill to provide a permanent
form of government for the District. I
lhe bouse took a recess till half-oast seven
o'clock, the evening session to be for debate
on the tariff bill.
Senator Wallace, from the committee on
foreign relations, reported favorably senate
bill authorizing the issue of passports free to
colored citizens going to Brazil. Passed.
senator Sargent submitted an amendment
to the house bill to place the name of James
Shields on the retired list of the army with
with the rank of brigadier-general, so as to
strike out all after the enacting clause, and
insert in lieu thereof, a provision authorising
the President to place on the retired list ot
the army a large number of officers named,
with the full rank held by them when mus
tered out ot the service. Among these names
are the following generals: U. S. Grant,
John A Dix, George B. M'Clellan, Nathaniel
P. ISanks, 13. . butler, A. h. Burnside, John
A. Logan, Carl Schurz, A. Pleasanton, James
Shields, J. A. Garfield, Charles Devens, J. D.
Cox, and some fifteen or eighteen other well
known officers in the late war. Referred to
the committee on military affairs.
senator Kolhns, lrom the committee on
manufactures, submitted a resolution direct
ing the committee to consider and report to
the senate the probable effect of any changes
in the tanti laws upon the manufacturing
industries of the country. Agreed to.
senator Anthony, rroin the committee on
Jirinting, reported favorably on the joint reso
ution providing for the distribution and sale
of the new edition of the revised statutes of
the United States. Passed. He also re
ported from the Bame committee, adversely.
npon the resolution to print extra copies ot
the report of Prof. Hayden on the geo
logical and geographical surveys of the Ter
ritories, and also the arguments before the
committee on privileges and elections in re
gard to the sixteenth amendment to the con
stitution of the United States, conferring suf
frage upon women, and the committee was
discharged from their further consideration.
Senator Hereford introduced a bill to re
peal that part of the specie resumption act
of January 14, 1875, which authorizes the
secretary ot the treasury to dispose ot United
States bonds, and redeem ani cancel curren
cy. .Laid on the table tor the present at his
request, to be called up to-morrow.
senator Jones introduced a bill authorizing
railroad companies to construct and maintain
telegraph lines for commercial purposes, and
to secure to the government the use of the
same for military, postal, and other purposes.
Senator Bainbridge introduced a bill to re
peal several sections of the revised statutes
relating to the tenure of civil offices. Re
ferred. Senator Maxey called up the senate bill ap
propriating seven hundred and fifty thousand
dollars for the purpose of continuing the im
provements of the harbor at Galveston, Texas.
Senator Hereford spoke in favor of the res
olution submitted by him on the twenty-first
of March, requiring the committee on finance
to report the house bill to repeal the specie
resumption act, within one week, and gave
notice that he would ask a vote thereon to
morrow. Senator Morrill, chairman of the finance
committee, said he thought the committee
would report the bill, with certain amend
ments, to-morrow. He said that perhaps
it was not known to the senator from West
Virginia that specie payment was resumed in
some cities last Saturday, and there would be
srjecie resumption throughout the countrv be
fore action could be had in the senate on the
At the expiration of the morning hour, con
sideration was resumed of the bill to repeal
the bankrupt law, ana Mr. M (Jreery spoke
in favor of the repeal.
The bill passed yeas, 36: nays. 6.
The following is the text ollthe bill passed:
Be it enacted, by the senate and house of
revresenuaxves of the United States of Amer
ica, in congress assembled, That the bank
rupt law, approved March 2, 1867, and all
acts amendatory or supplementary thereto,
or in explanation thereof, be and the same is
hereby repealed; provided, however, that
such repeal shall in no manner invalidate or
affect any case in bankruptcy instituted and
pending in any court prior to the day when
this act shall take effect, but to all such pend
ing cases, and all future proceedings therein,
the acts hereby repealed shall continue in full
force and effect until the same shall be fully
disposed of in the same manner as if said law
had not been repealed.
Senator Windom called up the senate bill
to authorize the construction ot a narrow-
gauge railroad from Bismarck to the Black
Hills. The bill gives the right of way
through the public lands, as mentioned at
length when the bill was reported from
the railroad committee on the twenty-ninth
of March last. Several amendments were
agreed to and the bill passed. Subsequent
ly, Mr. Eaton entered a motion to reconsider
the vote by which the bill passed. .
Senator Teller called up the senate bill to
incorporate the National Pacific railroad and
telegraph company. The pending discussion
was postponed until to-morrow.
Senators Blaine, Windom and Beck were
appointed members of the conference com
mittee on the deficiency appropriation bill.
After an executive session the senate ad
is that Little Row over Yonder and It
is a Fruitless Effort to Try to Arrive
at a Conclusion as to What
will Happen.
When One Point of Difficulty Is Ex
plained Away, Another and More
Formidable One Presents Itself-Plenty
of Work for
London, April 15. The state of affairs
with reference to the eastern question re
mains suttan,Ually the same. There is no
change in the attitude of the powers." The
mooted point between Russia and England is
still unsettled, and while this is the case the
prospect cf the congress and a peaceful ar
rangement of the whole difficulty is as far
off as ever. There is a strong feel
ing in both countries that war is
inevitable. At St. Petersburg the belief
is stated to prevail that England's willing
ness to continue negotiations is rather for the
purpose of isolating Russia than arriving at
an understanding. Some influential persons
believe that England will go to war alone;
hence earnest efforts continue to satisfy
Austria. Some moderate men in official cir
cles have begun censuring the Russian gen
erals, diplomats and newspapers for pushing
the government into a position where the
issue between Russian independent action I
and European control is unavoidable, but a
majority of the public continue to declare
that fie government has been too concilia- I
tory, and the press opposes any concessions.
Germany's efforts to bring about an under
standing continue, but the task is rendered
delicate and difficult by the existing intimate
relations between Germany and Russia.
Bismarck is reported to have said
recently, in reply to a suggestion that he
should mediate: "We cannot offer counsel
to Russia, for advice on our part would look
almost like menace." According to trust
worthy information the chances of the success
at present of a pour parler are still thought
to be pretty evenly balanced. A preliminary
meeting of the resident ambassadors at Ber
lin, it is though1-, might find a basis
for the meeting of congress, which Bismarck
is unwilling to suggest, because advice to
Russia from a power so intimate and friendly
as Germany might be interpreted as the
first step toward abandoning its
friendly attitude and eventually taking
part with her antagonist. But, not
withstanding the difficulty and delicacy
of his position, Prince Bismarck, recognizing
that the chief danger lies in the menacing
attitude occupied by the two powers before
Constantinople, and in the struggle for influ
ence at the Porte, has undertaken the diffi
cult task of finding a formula by which Eng
land and Russia may establish a modus Viven
di in this quarter by means of pledges,
such as were previously exchanged between
England and Russia, directly touching the
Dardanelles and Gallipoli. It is thought that
an arrangement ou this point is even more
difficult than the meeting of the congress,
but that unless it is arranged its influence
might neutralize the efforts of the congress
when assembled.
London, April 16. A St. Petersburg cor
respondent telegraphs that there is said to
have been an amicable semi-official inter
change of views between the London and St.
Petersburg cabinets, lhe former declares a
sincere desire for a peaceful solution.
and disclaims a wish to put any
unnecessary obstacles in tho way ot
negotiations, but adheres to the desire to
have the whole treaty placed before the con
gress. The latter also adheres to its previous
attitude, and cites Prince Gortschakoff's re
ply to Lord Salisbury as proof of a readiness
to discuss even the most important clauses in
an unofficial conversation. lhe Kussians
still cling to the idea that England seeks to
humiliate them, and tear up the treaty.
1 hey will not allow the treaty to be canceled,
although they are ready to make modifica
tions. A preliminary conference seems to be
the'most promising issue out of the difficulty.
A Pera special says that there was a mani
fest uneasiness on Sunday and Monday last
that the Russians should attempt a coup de
main against Constantinople. The suspi
cion is only traceable to the general discon
tent of the Russians at the prolonged uncer
tainty. Foreign Summary.
In consequence of Russia's remonstrance
the Porte has promised .the immediate evac
uation of Varna and 'Sbumla, but Dervish
Pasha refuses to evacuate tSatoum.
The insurrection in Thessaly is reported
almost overwhelmed by large forces of Turks
sent from Thrace and Bulgaria. The Cretans
are still able to hold their own, but it is
feared that Turkish reinforcements will be
sent to the island. The Greeks are much
discouraged. Thev believe that Russia is in
triguing against them.
lhe iioumanian troops entertain very bit
ter feelings toward Russia.
It is said that Russia is -looking out for a
loan in America, and that negotiations have
also been opened in Germany and Holland.
A Berlin dispatch states that the Prince
of Roumania has notified the emperors of
Germany and Austria of bis intention to ab
dicate if Russia is permitted to usurp the
government ot Roumania.
A Belgrade correspondent writes to ihe
London Times that Kussia is endeavoring to
gain Servian alliance in the event of a fresh
war outbreak; that Prince Charles favors the
alliance, but his cabinet opposes it.
Dispatches from Cape Town to March
26th. report the situation in the Transvaal
department very Berious. There has been
continuous fighting for a week, during which
tour British officers have been killed.
A St. Petersburg correspondent telegrph
ing to the London Times on Sunday.
does not give such a hopeful report of the
state of feeling in Russia. He says that the
efforts of Germany may, perhaps, lead to a
preliminary conference, as the .British gov
ernment is now believed to be more favorable
to such a proposal. The warlike excitement
is especially intense in Moscow.
Important Decision.
Washington, April 15.
To-day Colonel George O. Davenport, of
wheeling, west Virginia, accompanied by
W. H. Lamen and H. H RIar.khnrn. nnnlipil
to the chief-justice of the supreme court for
a writ of error to the judgment of the su
preme court of appeals of West Virginia in
the case ot a colored man. 1 aylor strauder.
who has been indicted, tried and convicted
and twice sentenced to death in the
courts of West Virginia. The supreme
court of that State having affirmed the last
sentence, application was made to the chief
justice for a writ of error to the State court.
on the ground that the law of the State of
West Virginia prohibiting colored citizens
from serving on juries in that State is in vio
lation of the constitution and statutes of the
United States. The chief-justice took the
papers and the record of the case in the State
court, and after the adjournment of the su
preme court to-day on consultation with the
associate-justices he awarded a writ of error.
At this season of the year, when every one
is interested in the selection of seasonable
goods, it is important that the purchaser
should be well informed concerning the va
rious articles in the market, as well as the
most attractive ways of making them up
These questions are fully answered in An
drews' Bazar, published by W. R. Andrews,
Dispatches from nearly two hundred points
in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Ne-
ing the whole of the western spring wheat
regum, buuw, wuca Hummarizeci, mat ine
acreage i nearly fifty per cent, greater than
loaf vaar ft Ha t.rv A dV-knrlit-inv nsd
are better thr i-ftt any time since 1868; that
the seasTn' rarf- and vegetation are from
tnree w uwau or me usual time,
and tha': r ifc aa Average of from fifteen
to twent, ? per isxafc. cf ihe old crop on hand.
Pabllahe to the World her Confessloi
of Adultery with Rev. Henry Ward
Beeeher The " Lie ahe has
Lived Fir Years" He
tome Intolerable.
Mr. Beeeher Explicitly and Absolately
Denies JnTrs. Tilton's Confession,
and Declares Her Innocent
ot "The Great Trans-ft-reseton."
New York. April 15. The following let
ter from Mrs. Tilton will appear to-morow in
the morning papers:
Mr. IraR Wheeler:
Mv Die ah Sra A few weeks since, after
long months of mental anguish, I told, as
you know, a few friends whom I had bitterly
deceived, the charge brought by my husband
of adultery between myself and Rev. Henry
Ward Beecher was true, and that the lie I
had lived so well the last four years had be
come intolerable to me. That satement I
now solemnly reaffirm, and leave the truth
with God, to whom, also, 1 commie myseir,
mv children, and all who must suffer. I
know full well the explanations that will be
sought by many for this acknowledgmeut a
desire to return to my husband, insanity,
malice, everything save the true and only one
my quickened conscience and sense of what
is due to the cause of truth and justice.
During all the complications of these years
you have been my confidential friend, and,
therefore, I address this letter to you, au
thorizing and requesting you to secure its
publication. Elizabeth k. tilton.
)booiui, yru 10, isis.
Frank B. Carpenter, the artist, in an in
terview this afternoon, stated that there was
no doubt about the genuineness of the letter.
Mr. Ira B. Wheeler, he said, had been the
legal adviser and confidential friend of Mrs.
Tilton all through the troubles. Lawyers
Shearman, Morris and Pryor refused to be
Mr. Beecher was out of the city to-night
when Mrs. Tilton 's letter was made public,
and his whereabouts are not known, save to
a few friends. The New York Tribune tele
graphed him a copy of the letter at a late
hour to-night, and received the following dis
patch in reply lrom Mr. Ueecher:
Wavkrlt, N.Y., April 15.
To the Editor ot the New York Tribune:
I confront Mrs. Tilton's confession with an
explicit and absolute denial. The testimony
to her own innocence and to mine, which tor
four years she has made to hundreds in
private and in public, before the court, in
writing and orally, I declare to be true.
The allegations now made, in contradiction
of her uniform and unvarying statements
hitherto made, I utterly deny. I declare her
to be innocent of the great transgression.
mHE members ot St. Elmo Commander.
I No. IB. K. T.. are hereby ordered to at-,
tend Its stated conclave this (TUESDAY)
venlnz. at 8 o'clock, for dispatch of business.
It is specially important mat every memoer 01 uie
Commandery should be present.
By oraer a. j. wtir.r.i.r.rt, js. m.
John D. Huhn, Beoordrr.
Hk&dq'bs Ctbknk Comxandkbt No. 4. K. T., I
Memphis, April 10. 187a f
1 FECIAL ORDEBS.No. 11 Sir Knights: Yon are
) hereby ordered to anrjear at tout Asylum this
(TUESDAY) evening, at 7 Vi o'clock, in tatlgue dress,
1 ov drill. Br order of the
B. K. Pullkn. Recorder.
o'clock. Be prompt.
Ladies, Notice!
THE most beautiful ICE CREAM PARLOR of
Ison street, has been most magnificently refitted
to please the ladles and gentlemen, where they will
be served with Pure Ice Cream, Sherbet and fine
Confectionery, at low prices, which they also deliver.
In any quantity, to all parts ol the city, and safely
snipped to tne country, w notesaie ana neiaii.
Mineral Water!
I The Queen of Table Waters.
nr. Hnnter HeGnln. Richmond (Sureeon
to late stonewall jacKson). ueaiuiiui ana de
lightful to drink. Valuable In Dyspepsia and
Prof. J. A. Winklvn. U CSeorze BTosn.
Loodoa. " Highly enervesoent, wnoiesome,
and absolutely Dure: su Deri or to all others."
Dr. B. Offden Doremns. "Absolutely pure
ana wnoiesome; superior w mi iut uiuij uao;
free from all the objections urged against Croton
and artlfldally-aerated waters.1'
Dr. Peter Hood, President of the Herts,
nedieai society, ete. " superior w vicny
and Vals."
P.tor Hanlra. K.I. K Chemist to the
Oieen. 10th Edition Of Companion to the
Jiritixh Pfiarmaeopuaa. " Exhilarating; Good
for Sickness. DysDepsia and Loss of Appetite."
C. HarKsnsrs, K.II.C.H-. Hurreon
to Westminster noitp. itonaoi. ".More
Wholesome and Refreshing than Soda or Seltzer
Herman Weber. HJ4 K.R.C.P- Physi
cian to the eraaan Hosd. Iondon,
' Of great value In Uthio acid diathesis, in ca
tarrh of the bladder, and of the respiratory or
gans; agreeable and useniL"
41 and 43 Warren t New If orb,
aoie Agents for United State and Canada.
itvery genuine Dottle pears tne enow lacei
For Sale to the Trade, Cheap!
Canvased and Uncanvased Other Cholce.Brands.
Fairbanks' Brand Befined Iiard.
Idtmer's Brand Refined Lard.
Hehaeffer's Brand Befined Lard.
KIoksb's and other brands
Breakfast Bacon.
Also, Dry Salt and Smoked Meats.
357 Front St., Memphis.
To The Trade!
X AM now prepared to sell, at wholesale and retail,
Furniture and Mattresses
lower than ever before sold in the city. Orders from
country dealers especially soucitea.
WM. K. THIXTON (Irving Block),
No. 2ott Second street
r' you wish to buy a good Saddle or Harness
Horse, or if you want as nice a TURN-OUT "
as the city can afford, eitner Horse and Buggy or
baddie Horse, yon can always nna tne nest at my
stable, call and see me.
Ko. 378 Main street, Memphis
nnp; SECOND, between Adams and Jefferson sts.
zj ' J Tne necessary repairs naving oeen maoe,
the bath will be open for ladles on Tuesday and Fri
day, from M a.m. to 4 p.m. For gentlemen, on ladles'
days, from tf to 9 p.m. On other days, from 8 a.m.
to p.m. Closed on sunaay.
I want lOOO A cents to Canvass for
I will give such terms and furnish such advertising
facilities that no man need make less than 8200 per
month and all expenses, no matter whether he ever
canvassed before or not. Address DR. O. PHELPS
BROWN, 21 Grand street, Jersey City. N. J., and
toll ps ratio Hits will De sent Dy return man.
B. Lowenstein k Bros.
In announcing the arrival ot our SECOND IMPORTATION of
In Grenadine and Silk, Cashmere and Silk, Bourette and Silk, and Other
Choice and Stylish Fabrics,
We would call the special attention ot ladies to the LWlone and elegant deigns, the unrivaledeffecU pro
duced by the artistic combinations, and the EXTREMELY LOW PRICES at which we are this
season offering the most elaborate ot those charming toilettes.
Admirable spclaltles In our stock, consisting ot most beautiful and attracUve costumes lor children ot all
ages, at popular prices.
The most complete and varied lines of Parasols
at prices mai no ouier esmuiisuuieu m wuuuj owwo.w v.,,-
S42, 244 and 46 Main St., Cor. Jefferson.
B. MABCUS A. COCHRAN has been admitted as a member ot our nrm, eeffecm March 1,
l k7 Th business will be continued as heretofore, under firm name of It. 1 COCtlltA a w.
i-L 1878. The business wul be continued as heretofore,
(aueeessoTS to H.K.AJ.W.
Doors, Sash, Blinds, and
Office and Yard at foot of Wasnington Street.
Saw And PTaniner Mill In NaTT Yard.
Tlwars hare on hand s choice lot of Flooring, Celling, Stfflng. IjSerMntojt, Fenes and Dressed
v" "'i: " t i. ..j ni viniiata ruT Pnat.- fjiihn. HhlnsJe. Door and
Window Frame.
Nos. 360 and 3SS Front
Mo. 324 Front street, Memphis. .
3B. F. SKMM3ES & CO.
a w ia
750 Brls. "Nelson Distillery" Fire-Copper
SPRING OF 18737475-76-77.
SDO BrliYoidsw MfflWMej
W. A.
Doors, Sash, Blinds, Moldings
Rough & Dressed Lumber, Shingles, Lath, Etc
358 and 360 Second street, Memphis, Tenn.
Nos. 3X1 and 373 Main Street.
Millinery Goods
OtomJJ " t public, a" invito In our Mprl.x Kxblbltlo. f i""? L""Z
wniOT, V', . . Kariith Msnnd Msts. Antrim Trlnmed
KfeSTfllK ofS K 'sSiTn imnl? oJl French and English Chip. 1-
Tf" aal coburi and Canton Straw Hats, trlmmwl and untrtmmed. A beautiful I assortment! nf
ABTlFlil AX KR. Wreath and Montures. aillm and Blbbons, Ornaments and Fancj Goods.
and -rmb"e8?e",5ere' and
COCHRAN), Haanfaetnna
all kinds of Packing Boxes.
Molding. KtA.
street, Memphis, Tenn.
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