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WASHINGTON: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1863. ?, Ow City?The President Bleet. The regular Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Pennsylvanian says : " In looking back over the year, one can not fail to he struck with the improvement that have taken place in Washington. The city has added over two thousand souls to its population within a short time past; and the probability is that it will go on increas ing at a still greater ratio for time to come. Several of the principal streets have been Will graded.. The public buildings have steadily advanced. Among these may be named the additional wings to the Patent Office and the two Houses of Congress. At the railroad station one of the finest depots in the Union has been erected, while in the immediate vicinitvthe large and prosperous forwarding establishment of Adams & Go., has been located in a towering and elegant edifice, with a massive iron front. The Washington Monument has risen to over 100 feet, and is likely to go up faster in 1853 than it has gone during any previous year. At the splendid buildings of the Smithsoni an Institute the grounds are being constant ly beautified. The Navy Yard has enjoyed a material enlargement. In front of the Executive Mansion the garden-plot, and the area across the avenue have undergone and are undergoing quite marked improve t. ments. The shores near the Potomac need draining very much. They might be ren dered extremely beautiful, and could be kept so with .but very little expense. Surely it is honorable to to the country to attend to its capital, especially as it bears the honored name of the Father of our country. 44 Gen. Pierce was always popular in Washington. No man of his years in the Senate could draw out a larger concourse of hearers, when it was known he was going to speak. His pleasing manners always commended him to all who had the honor of his acquaintance; while his determined adherence to principle rendered him dear to the members of his party. Such, I doubt not, will continue to be his well-deserved popularity at the seat of government." The Smithsonian and the Authors. The Smithsonian Institute was founded, at Washington, 4'for the increase and diffu sion ot knowledge among men." In the Report is the account which the Assistant Secretary and Librarian, Prof. Jewett, gives of the operation of that clause ef the Smithsonian act requiring copies of all books, &c., copyrighted in the United States, to be deposited in the library of the Institution. The law-makers forget to im pose a penalty for neglect of the require ment; the consequence of which is, as Prof. Jewett informs us, many publishers pay no attention to the law. Not half the books issued, he says, are received; and as those sent?doubtless the least valuable? are transmitted at the expense of the Insti tution, they cost, on the whole, more than they are worth. The entire value of all received during 1851 is estimated at but four hundred and fifty dollars. The Future.?In the language of Daniel Webster, 4 4We shall leave for the considera tion of those who shall occupy our places a century hence, some proof that we hold the blessings transmitted from our fathers in just estimation; some proof of our attach ment to the cause of good government and of civil and religious liberty; some proof of a sincere and ardent desire to promote every thing which may enlarge the under standings and improve the hearts of men." Gen. Wool.?Gen. Wool was waited on at the Eagle Hotel in Concord, N. H., on Friday, by Governor Martin, the council, members of the legislature, and a large number of citizens. Gen. Pierce was pre sent In the afternoon, Gen. Wool returned the legislature's call, and was introduced to Speaker Kittridge in the House by Hon. Ichabod Bartlett, and by the Speaker to the House. He also visited the Governor and council, at their chamber, and the Senate. The General and suite left the city in the evening. J&*Br. Stone, of New York, delivers a lecture this evening at the Smithsonian In stitute on the subject of Art with special reference to our own country. It will, we doubt not, be well worthy the attention of all those interested in the subject. Com. Gregory gave the workmen at the Charleston (Mass.) navy yard a holiday on Saturday afternoon, as a New Year's present from Uncle Sam. The Baltimore Patriot states that letters have been received from Gov. John son, of Virginia, and Gov. Lowe, of Mary land; signifying their, intention to attend the celebration of the opening of the Balti more and Ohio Railroad, on the 10th in stant. CONGRESS. Senate. Several memorials and petitions were presented and referred. A message was received from the Presi dent of the United States communicating to the Senate a copy of the correspondence in relation to the Tri-partie Treaty between England, France, and the United States in which each power was to disavow all inten tions of obtaining possession of Cuba. The resolution of Mr Busk to pay Mr. Meriwether's milage and per diem, in the contested case between himself and Mr. Dixon, was taken up and considered. Mr. Underwood, of Kentucky, was against paying all contestants, believing that such contestant should run his own risk. Messrs. Seward, Badger, Toucey, Bright, Rusk, and Manoum, favored, and it was read another time and passed. On motion of Mr. Shields the bill to in crease the efficiency of the Army and Navy by a retired list for disabled officers of both was taken up. Messrs. Cass, Shields, and others advo # cated it. Mr. Hale was in favor of a slight modi fication of the bill, and hoped that it would be printed before acted upon. Mr. Cass said that the matter had been before them for years, that further discus sion was needless. Messrs. Shields, Borland, and others expressed themselves in favor of the immedi ate passage of the bill. Messrs. Sumner, Chase, Hamlin, and others favored its being postponed and the bill printed. Mr. Stockton said he wished the Milita ry Committee had left the Navy to the Na val Committee. Mr. Shields said he would be glad to leave the whole matter to the Naval Committee. Mr. Stockton continued his remarks at some length, eulogising the navy, and in favor of putting more competent men at the head of the Departments and Bureaus. House of Representatives. On motion of Mr. Seymour, of New York, the House took up and passed the joint resolution from the Senate, allowing the owners of steamboats in certain cases fur ther time to make the necessary prepara tions to bring their respective vessels within the provisions of the steamboat law passed at the last session. Mr. Cobb, of Ala., moved to reconsider the vote by which the House at the last session rejected the bill to remit the duties on railroad iron imported for the use of certain railroad companies in the Southern and South-western States. Mr. Jenkins moved to lay the motion on the table, which was agreed to by a vote of 74 to 73. On motion of Mr. P?lk, the House then toek up the report of the Committee of Con ference on the bill for the relief of the widow and children of the late Gen. Worth. The report recommends that the House recede from their amendments and pass the bill as it came from the Senate. The subject was discussed with consider able earnestness by Messrs. Orr, of South Carolina, Polk and Harris, of Tennessee, Jones, of New York, Stuart, of Michigan, Campbell, Illinois, Sackett, of New York, and others. The American Fisheries. A Washington correspodent of the Balti more Sun, who is well informed on all pub lic matters of importance, says that Mr. Lorenzo Sabine, who has just taken his seat in the House as a member from Massachu setts, has recently made a full and valuable report to the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of the fisheries of the United States on the British American coasts. Mr. Sabine has given much attention to this sub ject for a number of years, and is more fa miliar with it than any other man in the country. This report embodies information which will be of great value to the govern ment in conducting the pending negotiation with Great Britain, and it will soon be also submitted by the Treasury Department to Congress. Mr. Sabine strongly sustains the rights of the American fishermen; and the fishermen are resolutely determined to sus tain their own rights at the next fishing season, should they not be recognised by the British government. We have the utmost confidence in the ability and patriotism of Mr. Sabine. The question he presents is one of importance to the whole country, and it is a satisfaction to know that he will do it ample justice. Baltimore last night presented the scene of another deliberate murder. A youth named Thomas Miller, aged about 15 years, was shot dead whilst coming out of a grocery store, between Conway and South Paca streets. No due has yet been had to the murderer, who is supposed to be a lad about 15 or 18 years old. Oi A Pmttt WnrxuB. Scene.?The Boston Chronicle of Monday last says: "On Satur day we had rain, hail, and snow, all in glorious confusion, rendering the streets almost impassable, ? The temperature was so low that the rain froze as it fell. Yes terday morning the sun rose bright and beautiful, and the landscape was but one field of burnished silver. Every blade of grass, every twig and branch of a tree, and every vine, was coated with ice, which glistened and sparkled in the rays of the morning sun like so many diamonds, the whole scene to the eye being more like some visions of fairy land, than the dull realities of mother earth, upon whose vege table forms Jack-frost had been heaping his frozen pearls. A more beautiful panorama was never beheld than that presented by the heights of Brookline and Brighton on the one side, of Somerville and Cambridge on the other, with their noble trees covered with frost, catching and playing with every ray of light that shone upon them." The Concert.?Speaking of Mad'lle Ro salie Durand, who can be heard nightly at Iron Hall with the little Aztecs, the Norfolk News says, we cannot permit the opportu nity to pass without an humble tribute of admiration to the lovely songstress, whose sweet strains stirred the profoundest depths of our heart. Mad'lle Rosalie Durand, as far as we are capable of judging, is the most gifted vocalist, that has ever appeared before a Norfolk audience. In compass, flexibility, expression and sweetness of voice she is all that our imagination has pictured of a perfect vocalist, and we would rather listen to one song from her than an entire programme from even Madames Parodi and Bishop. "Roberto toi quefaime," " Comin' thro' the Rye," " Home, sweet Home," and the Echo song as sung by her last evening were gems worthy to be entwined in the Chaplet that crowns the memory of Malibran herself, and produced a gush of enthusiastic delight among the fprtunate attenders of the concert." In addition to Mad'lle Durand, Sig. An tonio Novelli, Le Petit Ole Bull?Master Goodall?and Mr. Goodall are all lending their talented aid to make up with the Az tecs one of the very best entertainments with which an audience has ever been fa vored at any price. Prosperity of the South.?Our brethren of the South are in the enjoyment of much prosperity. At this we sincerely rejoice. The New Orleans Bulletin says that " the present condition of the planters of the South, in a pecuniary sense, is infinitely more favorable than at any time within the last ten or fifteen years. As a general thing, abundant crops of every description have rewarded the farmer; and plenty, if not a profusion, of all the necessaries, to say no thing of the indispensable luxuries of life, may be found throughout the length and \ breadth of the slave-holding States. I Webster Park.?Many of our exchanges commend the idea of giving to the "Public Garden" the name of " Webster Park." Pa pers from a distance speak of it as a thing that ought to be done. We hope that the next city council will take the matter in hand, and accomplish it.?Boston Chronicle. < Preparation in England!?The London Times says of the increased maritime de fences of England, and of the increase in the artillery force, that they are not to be re- ; garded as indicative ef war, but as a seca- 1 rity for peace. That journal evidently con siders, however, that the movement points at a possible attempt at invasion of the is- ' land. An article from the Lqndon Times exhibits the light in which the Cuban cor respondence has placed this government before the world, and the sensation which it has produced in England. The New Yt>rk Express, speaking of the Times' arti cle, say 8: " Of course, the direct effect of this cor respondence will be to sharpen the optics of European statesmen in relation to what ever movement may be afoot here, now or hereafter, looking to a further extension of territory, especially if that extension seeks to include 'the gem of the Antilles.' " Within the past three or four years the attention of the farmers at the West has been turned to the raising of wool, which has been steadily rising in price. Michigan has supplied the market with large quantities from time to time. A late Michigan paper states that there are run ners all over the country buying up sheep pelts at exhorbitant prices, in some instan ces offering $1 a piece, which has the effect to induce farmers to kill of large numbers of their flocks. "A Charming young lady" has been "doing the good people of Birmingham, Ct. out of considerable sympathy and some "material aid," by dropping accidently among them as an escaped Quakeress from the Enfield Society of Shakers. "Boston Daily Advibtisxk."?Nathan Hale, esq., in the Advertiser of Saturday, announces that he has associated with him, as joint proprietor and editor of that jour nal, his son, Charles Hale. Mr. Hale re marks that from the 1st of March, 1814, to the present time, he has been the sole re sponsible editor of the paper. The Hudson river remains open later this winter, than in any preceding win ter for years past. The United States Circuit Court at Providence, has decided the Rhode Island Liquor Law, modelled ^ter the Maine law, to be unconst itutional. A movement has been made in the Legislature of South Carolina during its present session, on behalf of common school education. The Jackson statue now stands firmly in its position in Lafayette Square. It will remain housed until the 8th instant. * BSf The New York times asserts that Martin Luther's wedding ring has turned up in a jeweller's 6hop in that city. It bears the following inscription in bold let ters in German text: Martin Luther Catherine de Bore. ? 18th of Jany 1525. JgggT5* Sausages were particularly scarce in market, yesterday morning, and could not be obtained for love or money. So says a Cincinati paper. A Cincinnatian is just as much out of his element without sausa ges, as a Baltimorean is without soft-shell crabs in summer, and canvass back ducks and oysters in winter. B^?A letter from Lima, Peru, in the Herald, states that Mr. Thome, a son of Colonel Thome, the New York millionaire, has been arrested in that city, charged with stabbing, it is feared, fatally, a Frenchman. The new St. Nicholas Hotel, in Broadway, New York, one of the most pala taial edifices on that thoroughfare, is to be opened for business on Thursday The Southern and Western Hotel at Hagerstown, was sold on Saturday last for the sum of $6,550. Purchaser, Capt. Byers. Letters from Athens, Greece, state that Rev. Dr. King is pursuing his mission ary labors in quietness, preaching every Sabbath as formerly. The Lynchburg (Va.) Republican states that the South Side Railroad has been placed under contract to the point where it reaches James River, six miles only below Lynchburg, and a distance of about eighteen miles above the point to which it is graded. A letter from Guayaquil, Ecuador, states that the decree expelling the Jesuits had caused a popular tumult in Quito, in the course of which the troops fired upon the crowd. A Neograndian officer had ar rived with despatches which it was rumored announced another revolution, caused by the conservative party of the South of that State. From a letter, addressed to Senior Don Jose de Marcoleta, the Nicaraguan representative at this governmect, we learn that his recall has been requested, and that he is no longer allowed to communicate with the State Department. "Is that animal a biped or a quad ruped?" asked one of the visitors at a ci reus, one day, of a by-stander. "I think, sir," said an evident student of Natural History, with bulging eyes and green spectacles, "that the gentleman who shows the animals called it a kangarooped." A REWARD OF FIVE DOLLARS will be given to the finder of a CAMEO BREASTPIN, which was lost at the President's House on New Year's Day, by leaving it at Col. J. Q. Berrett's on 13th street between E and F streets. jan 5?3t COMBS. JUST RECEIVED, a large assortment of Tucking, Side, Dressing, Riding. Fine Ivory and other COMBS. Also, an abundance of Porte Monaies of every grade and for sale, very low, at LAMMOND'S 7th street Fancy Store, second door below E. A liberal discount to those who buy to sell again. jan 5?3teod BIRTH-MIGHT BALL of the Old Franklin. THE FRANKLIN FIRE COMPANY take pleasure in announcing to the ritisens of Washington and vicinity that they will give their Fifth Annual Ball, at Jackson Hall, ON THE 17th OF JANUARY, and will spare neither pains nor expense to make it one of the befit Balls of the season. MANAGERS. John H. Sessford, Wm. H. Fanning, Joseph L. Reete, T. Edmenston, E. C. Eckloff, George Walker, C. J. Canfield, A. Siouwa, Rob E. Doyle, Wm. Fi-her. Good Cotillion music has been engaged. Tickets $1, admitting one gentleman and ladies. They can be had at the following places: First Ward, J. L. Savage; Sedbnd Ward, Butt's Drugstore, Rich. Downer's, Horace Ritter's, and M. Coomb's; Third Ward, Patterson's Drug Store ; Fourth Ward, J. Powers and F. Renter's; Fifth Ward, J. Casparis: Sixth Ward, J. Kelly; Seventh Ward, Clark's Drag Store. FEED STOBE. A SUPPLY of all kinds of feed of the best quality, kept constantly on hand at L. J. DENHAM'S, dec 30?6t corner of B and 10th streets. AMUSEMENTS. THE AZTECS* J?- Thaw extraordinary little creatures, scarce two feet high, are giving three entertainment* daily at Iron Hall, to wit: from 10 to 12, 3 to 5. and T to 9. Tickets 25 cents, Children 12%. They are assisted every night fey Madame Rosalie Durand, Signer An tonio Novellia, Mr. Goodall, and Le Petite Ole Bull. A better entertainment cannot be well got up at any price. A lecture descriptive of the history and origin of the AZTECS will be given every exhibition, jan 3?dlw BRILLIANT SUCCESS! EDEN, EDEN! THEN THE FLOOD, And Thunder, Storm, and Deluge X IN ODD FELLOWS' HALL. DR. BEALE'S new Panorama and Diorama of Crea tion and Deluge was opened in Odd Fellows' Hall on Wednesday evening, December 22d, at 7% o'clock. Exhibitions every evening, and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at three 3 o'clock. Extra exhi bitions for select parties and excursion parties. The painting is fresh from the hands of the master of American artists, Geo. Hielge, esq., of Philadelphia, and is considered to be his masterpiece. In these days of Panoramas Dr. Bkale could not expect to suc ceed in the nation's capital with a mere common-place painting; but of the perfections of this work?the beauty of Eden, the purity of the sky and the water scenery, the majestic God-like form of Adam, the fascinating charms of Ere, the enchanting wiles of the temptation, the 6tern resistance, the final fall, and the terrible expulsion?let a Washington audience be the judges. Admission twenty-fire cents, children half price. Liberal arrangements for schools. dec 30? NATIONAL THEATRE. Mr. E. A. MARSHALL Soli Lessee. Third appearance of the world-renowned wonde ra KATE AND ELLEN BATEMAN. THIS EVENING, JANUARY 5, Will be presented the new Comedy of HER ROYAL HIGHNESS. Doctor Birchini Mr. H. BATEMAN. Leopoldina KATE BATEMAN Strachino - ELLEN BATEMAN. GISELLE WALTZ MISS ANNIE WALTERS. After which, will be presented a beautiful Comedy, third time in Washington, and which has created such a great sensation throughout America and Europe, entitled THE YOUNG COUPLE. Charles de Blonville ELLEN BATEMAN. Henrietta de Ligny KATE BATEMAN To conclude with (first auiei the faive of THE WINDMILL. GRAND MILITARY AND CIVIC BALL. THE Committee of Arrangements take pleasure in announcing that the Annual Ball of the WASH INGTON LIGHT INFANTRY will take place ou Monday night, the lOiA of January, at Jackson Hall. Ab it is the intention of the company to conduct thin Ball similar to those given in former years, the com mittee deem it proper to state that a supper will be furnished by a competent caterer, and every effort will be made to make it equal to any ball ever given by the company. Tickets $2, to be had at the usual places. JOSEPH B. TATE, JOHN F. TUCKER, JAMES KELLY, JOHN W. MEAD, JUDSON O. WARNER, JAMES E. POWERS, J. K. MARSOLETTI, J. F. MITCHELL, JAMES A. KING, Committee of Arrangement*. Wm. W. S. Kerb, Treasurer. dec 21 R. H> LASKET( Attorney and Counieller-at-Law. PRACTICES in the Courts of the District, and prosecutes claims of every description before th?* several Executive Departments and before Conpro*. Office on Loub-iana avenue near Sixth street dec 30? Embroideries?i to aali the at tention of tne ladies to my stock ?f the above goods, which will compare with any in the city in style snd price? Lace ana Muslin Chemisette* Do do Collars Do do Slee\es Muslin Caps and Cuffs Cambric Chemisettes and S'.eevee Do Collars and Caps A. TATE, Agent. A new and splendid assortment of Mournivy Gondt. LUMBER YARD. JOHN B. WARD, keeps constantly ou hand a go<d assortment of lumber, which will be sold ou w comodating terms. dec30?lm 12th street and canal. IIME ! LIME I? 1,.'?0U bushels fresh mood j burned, just received j'rom the kiln. Also, wood and Coal of all kinds. For sale by WM. WARDER, dec 30?tit corner of 12th and C *ts. WOOD AND COAL. I^HE celebrated Dauphin coal, and a full supply of oak, pine, and hickory wo? d. For Hale by W. tsTONE, on the dec 30?(it canal south of 7th st. bridge. WM. BIRD. Dealer In Lumber und Coal. "ITT"ILL have the accounts of his customers ready T f for presentation on the 1st of January, 16i3. dec 80?Gt M. T. PARKER, House and Sign Painter and Glazier, RESPECTFULLY informs Lis friends and the putt lie generally, that he is prepared to execute work in bis profession as punctually and at as r?-a. sonable rates as it can be done in Washington. Orders left at his room on Louisiana av-nue, be tween 6th and 7th sts., or st his rasiden'-e on C street, rear of his room, will receive prompt atten tion. dec 14 A STINGS* COMPOUND FTItUP OF N APT HA. A positive cure for Coughs, Colds, Ashthm*, and all diseases of the chest and lungs. A single bot tle will prove its efficacy. Prepared by Dr. G. Hast ings, London. Price $1 per bottle. Sold by S. it. SYLVESTER, Chemist and Druggist, cor. 6th and H its. dee 16? eo2w NEW AND SPLENDID GtOODI. WRITING Desks, Ladies Work Boxes i Gentlemen's Shaving Casrs Eight-day Clocks, a superior article Porte Monaies. Bird Cag <, Ac. r? reived and for sale low at the 7th street Fanr Store, 2d below E. dec 23?3t A. LamMOXD SOMETHING NEW. JUST RECEIVED? One cane of Madame Son tag Button Gaiters for Ladies Also, Ladies' Half Gaiters And for sale by HARRIS A GRIFFIN, Penn. avenue, bet. itth and 10th streets, dec 16 next door to W. H*rp?r t Co BERMUDA ARROW ROOT?a very sw perier article, just received. W. T. KVANe.