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.FRIDAY January 11, 1?36.
JIT" Advertisements sheuld be handed in by
fa o'clock, in , otherwise they may not appear
until the next day.
in- Aorsts for thi Star.?The following
aanied persons are authorized to contract fa* the
publication of advertisements in Thr Star:
Phtladrlrkt*-V. B Palxir, northwest oor
ner of Fifth and Cbestnat streets
Sue YfU?8. M Pittirsul & Co., Nuwu
Bostvn,? V B. Palmer, ScoMay's Building
O-Job Pristiso.?Oor friends and patron*
are notified that we are now prepared to execute
every kind of Job PridkiaG w th despatch and
the best manner, at prices as low as in any
other office in Washington. Job Printers arealso
notified that we are prepared to do every descrip
tion of press-work that ran be executed on double
cylinder and Adams' power-presses. 80, also,
has the Star office a Book Bindery conneoted with
it, equal In 1U capacity to turn out book binding
of all descriptions to any other In the District of
The U nton argues that Know Nothingiam
?nd Abolitionism at the North are one and
the same thing, and from remarks falling from
.Messrs. Carlile, Walker, and Kustis, in the
House hall, concludes that such is their opin
ion also. The same paper contain? a three
oolumn puff of the report uf Lieut. Uilliss's
?'Naval Astronomical Expedition to the South,
crn Hemisphere."' The wags about town are
doubtless curious to know who wrote it, it
being " communicated" to the official journal
The Jmteiligencer announces the arrival of
Chief Justice Taney in this city, and expres
ses the belief that ho will soon be sufficiently
restored to health to resume his seat on the
(supreme Court bench. The same journal
heartily endorses Mr. Secretary Dobbins' re
commendation that Congress will appropriate
a year's pay for the officers displaced by the
action of the late naval reform board; and
aays of the Secretary of War's annual report:
" In this connexion we would recur to an
item in the very satisfactory report of the
Secretary of War. published yesterday, which
escaped us iu oar hurried synopsis. but which
we think entitled to special notice and com*
?nendation. We allude to the introduction of
rameis as a means of transportation and for
other uses in the military service on the plains
ol Texas. 2?ew Mexico, ,tc We thick thi< ex
periment d<*s credit to the sagacity of the
?present Secretary of War, in first proposing it
lor adoption when a member of the Senate,
and subsequently obtaining an appropriation
to authorize and curry it out. We are per
suaded. from what is well known of the pecu
liar nature, habits, and capabilities of the
animal, that the experiment is a wise one, and
in the hand* of the intelligent and judicious
officer (Msj.>r W.iyne) to whom the Secretary
l*i?d confided the July and sent abroad for the
purpo se of selecting and forwarding home the
number specified, we may expect the most
favorsble results.''
|y The account of the storm at the South,
published under our telegraphic head yester
day, was furnished by the telegraphic agent
of the Associated Prei*s. We had no means of
knowing, at that time, that they were indebted
to the United States mail for it. We state
these facts that the public may know that we
have no desire to impose upon them.
|y On the western waters, during the last
jear, there were one hundred and eleven
steamboats destroyed?sixty snagged, thirty
burned, thirteen collisions, and eight explo
sions?involving the loss of one hundred and
?even lives, aad property to the amount of
?2, j73 100.
l if The Dcm-xratic members of the Vir
ginia Legislature have fixed on the 28th of
February next as the time for holding the next
Virginia date Democratic convention, and
Richmond city as the place where it shall be
held. The democracy of the various counties,
cities and towns of the State are invited to
fend delegates.
.... McAllister is performing at St. Louis.
.... Senator Douglas is in Cleveland, Ohio,
?till unable to proceed to Washington.
.... Mr Chanfrau and Miss Albertine are
performing at Richmond.
.... W. W. Wallace (Maritana) is in Paris, I
on joying himself with that fellow mad-cap, M
.Hector Berlio*.
.... Clark Mills did not receive his statue
of Wen. Jack -on. at New Orleans, on the 1st
inst , and iu iaauguration on the dth had
therefore been given up.
....Miss Caroline Fogleman. who was to
have been married in a few days, died near
Memphis, Tenn , on the 1st, from an over dose
of morphine.
.... John Mitchel, the Irish exile, who is
now a farmer in Tennessee, delivered, to a
crowded audience, at the Tabernacle, a lecture
on "The Footsteps of the Celt."
? ? ? ? Henry Lee, who died in the Rhode Is
land State prison on Saturday night, had spent
twenty-five years in that institution and simi
lar ones.
.... Dr. Cloquet, physician to the Court of
Persia, who recently married an American
lady, made the fatal mistake of taking the
tincture of santhrides for brandy, and conse
quently expired.
???? M. ?>"unvd, the best composer of arm
phonies in France, wrote a mas* for St.^Je
cilia's Day. which has won golden opinions
from all of the musical critics as a work of
genius nn l originality.
.... Samuel J. Tuck, long a merchant of
Bo-ton, died at Nantucket on the 30th ult.,
aged *0 years. His father was the first min
ister settled in Ep :um, N H . and died a chap
Jain in the army of the revolution.
....Charles li. Burkhardt for many years
the musical critio of the New Fork Albion and
feunday Dicpatch has purchased an interest
in the latter establishment, and will henceforth
devote him.-elf to its columns as both editor
and proprietor.
. n ' "J. A J' Degraw, president of the
.Brooklyn Fire Department, who was danger
ously hurt at the burning of (1. W Stillwell's
manufactory, in that eity, on Sunday night
last, died about 12 o'clock Thursday. Mr De
graw was a man of considerable property.
.... Samuel Nott, of Massachusetts has
written a temperate pamphlet, on the Object
of Slavery, "containing principles and ?u*
Jestions for a Remedial Code." It is iu very
iffcrent style from the manner in which the
aubject is generally discussed at the North.
.... Dr. Charles Robinson died about ten
days ago in Charleston, fc. C., from disease of
the heart. This gentleman occupies a promi
nent position in the history of the late epi
demic in Norfolk, and in the memory of the
citiMns of Norfolk.
.... Miss M Parker, a governess from Low
oil, Mass , who was in a lamilv in Norfolk
teaching the young ideas how to know all that
juvenile*, when they grow up, should do, it
#eems inflamed the eldest son of the family
with "the tender passion." He is about 20
years of age, and carrying off his bride to
Weldon, they were duly wedded.
....Rachel and party will leave Havana
rn the 23d of January for New Orleans, whero
it is pnrpoeed that the great impersonations
of the French tragedienne shall iaimediately
commence. He engagement extends through
the space of three months, alternating nkhUv
with the opora ?
Postal Matters ?Under the circumstances
in which it exists, the Postal Department of
the United States is the best in the world; or
no fair deduction may be drawn from the sta
tistics embraced in the recent report of the
Postmaster General The aggregate distance
over which the mails of the United States are
transported, and the sparseness ot population
in the regions traversed by most of the mail
routes, the necessarily varied character of
mail conveyances, and the absence of power
in the Department, under tho law, to meet
extraordinary emergencies by exerting arbi
trary authority to effect its ends, as is done by
the postal authorities of many other govern
ments?are all elements working to render the
prompt, economical, regular, and perfectly
satisfactory transaction of the American Postal
Department'! business much more difficult
than that of any European government. Be
sides, in proportion to population, with, per
haps, the exception of tho Prussians, our peo
ple correspond by the post vastly more than
any other people on the face of the globe, and
read yro rata many more post-carried news
paper* than all Europe combined.
Under these circumstances, to expect the
perfect regularity and efficiency ofthe English
system to exist in this country, is what no roa
?onabl# man will do. Nevertheless, of late
years, our postal system has been making
rapid strides of improvement, giving, at this
time, much more general satisfaction than ever
before, though Congress has n"t legislated for
it, as though properly comprehending the vast
strides the postal requirements of our people
arc making annually. They "save at the
spile and let out at the bung-holo" too fre
quently in legislating for that department of
the Government; and thus make it tho duty of
the Department to strain its wits, energy and
forethought not unfrequently, to remedy evils
thus brought about, which it manages to cure
very generally by the herculean exertions of
all whose reputations, as public officers, arc
involved in the satisfactory management of the
Department's affairs. Nine-tenths ofthe pop- I
ular grumbling over the uff.iirs of this branch I
of the Government, by-the-by. grows out of I
the Postmaster General's firmness in resisting
efforts to violate the postal laws for the benefit
or convenience of individuals, or from the I
"blowing" of postal emperics?of persons who I
profess Vt possess nostrums for the cure of what I
they bold to be special postal evils.
Mr. Pliny Miles, late a l"west class clerk in I
the Poit Office Department in this city, upon I
the strength of far more aptness for pert writing I
for tho press than for the business-like trans- I
action of any duties in connection with the I
postal system (for he was tried, at, we believe, I
three branches of the buainesa of the Depart- I
ment, in this city, before losing his clerkship I
here,) ha*, funnily enough, pet up for the
great American postal reformer, now that
Parson Barnabas Bates i? no more. His pre
tensions in that connection are the source of
unlimited amusement among the Department's I
host of employees in the Federal city, who arc
prone to compare his performances when one
of them, with his grandiloquent pretensions I
to the public, through the press, of capacity to I
initiate stupendous changes in the present
postal system that cannot fail to operate beno- I
ficially. His recently published work on the I
subject is conceived by thoso who have been
engaged for years in the management of Ameri- I
can posta' au*:rr, and have fairly earned the
reputation of being experts at their business, J
to be merely a budget of impracticable no- (
tions, most of them growing out of a profound I
ignorance ot business, and more especially I
postal-business affairs. I
Tinkering Backbones ?It strikes us, that
after the result of their session of Wednesday I
last, even Doctor Greeley must see that the
only result of his peculiar " practice" in this I
city has been and must continue to be, the ob- I
atructionof the public business. But belonging I
to an eminently impracticable school, because I
it has proved a dead failure so far, will not I
induce him and his co-workers in tho lo by I
to change their tactics, at least, until it ap- I
pears probablo that by so doing he and they I
may be more likely to carry their point. It I
will be recollected that after swearing by the I
Maine Liquor Law for years, the doctor and
his co-practitioners at home threw it aside as J
so much waste paper, in framing a platform I
in which to go into the canvass previous to tho I
last New York Stato election; the moving I
cau.-e why they did so, being tho fact that it I
had brought defeat upon all parties every- I
where in the previous elections of the season. I
Thus, though it is not to be hoped that the I
requirements of the public interest will in- 1
duce Dr. Greeley, Mr. Giddings, and their co- I
workers, to change the line of tactics of their I
so well drilled forces in the Hou;e hall, the
now evident utter iinposiibility that it can
triumph without change, will, wo think, not
long hence, compel them to adopt some other I
line of policy. Nom vefrona.
How it carre About.?Having heard much 1
conversational speculation relative to the I
cause of the action of the last Democratic rej - I
resentatives' c?u?us, in adopting the resolu- I
tion 'pledging themselves to vote to bold the
late protractcd session of the House, we take I
it for granted, that much interest in the sub- I
ject is felt among the politician? of all parties I
by whom we are surrounded; and, therefore, I
proceed to explain it as follows, vis: Many I
of the opposition newspapers have, of late, I
been endeavoring to make their readers be- I
lieve that the failure toorganize results wholly J
from the determination of the Democrats of the I
House to prevent the large opposition majority I
from agreeing, as they would agree, if once I
forced to remain a whole night in session.
So. to stop any such misrepresentations of the I
true state of affairs in the Hall, they con- I
eluded to afford the nominally desired occa- I
slon in which the majority might organiio, if
they would. They, therefore, remained in I
aeMion, on Wednesday last, for twenty con- I
?eeutive hours, therein voting for their nom
inee whenever their names were called in a
vote for a Speaker. The result shows that the
charges against them, to which we refer above, I
has no foundation, in fact.
The Democrat* ? In conversation with many
Democratic members, we find them perfectly
satisfied with the state of things in the House
hall. They have it in their heads that the
majority is likely to be a most wasteful and
extravagant one, when it cornea to pRM on
what Senator Toombs so appropriately terms
jobbing legislation; and they believe fur
ther, that aa the House is now constituted, it
cannot possibly be expected to better the
status of anything to be legislated on at this
time. Or, in other words, that as it will be
some months ere the appropriations of the last
?ession give oat, the country will suffer no
thing whatever from tae failure cf the House
to be driving bills through at thin time. In
deed, nut a few of them imagine that the gov
ernment, (the treasury,) and the people are the
gainer* by the existing condition of the House;
and therefore they care not the worth of a
button about helping the majority out of
their present dilemma, which they all hope to
use to vast advantage for their party in the
next approaching Presidential election; as
proving the utter incompetency of the Oppo
sition to conduct the government.
The Sentiment of the Houie.?Wo presume
that no one who has attentively hoard, or read,
the debates that have taken place in the House
hall since the first Monday of last month, now
fails to realise the truth and force of our de
claration, published weeks before the session
began, that the anti-Nebraskaites, though
claiming to be largely in the majority in that
chamber, would find themselvesy-praotically,
in a minority; and that whatever contemporary
newspapers might say, with reference to the
views of individual members, ? majority
would be found in the hall, who would vote
down any proposition, whatever, having for
its direct or indirect aim an infraction of the
principles of the Nebraska-Kansas bill. We
were regarded by many as being half moon
struck when expressing that opinion; yet the
result verifies, past denial, the correctness of
our judgment, expressed so long in advance of
the meeting of Congress.
The Naval Reform Board?arc to be con
gratulated on the fact that the Hon. Mr.
Hale, of New Hampshire, has elected himself
to be their chief assailant on the floor of the
Senate chamber, because the fact that that
gentleman is the person who showers upon
them so much foul-mouthed personal abuse
and utters against them so many miserable
inuendoes, cannot fail to generate a very gen
eral impression that what they have felt called
on to do in the discharge of the delicate and
responsible duty to which they were neces
sarily called in carrying out the naval reform
law ot the last session of Congress, was con
siderately, honestly, aud fearlessly done.
They need never fear a verdict from their
eouctrymen against them, while the Hon.
Mr. Hale, of New Hampshire, stands forth
heir chief assailant and prosecutor.
A Diplomatic Dinner.?We hear that the
President yesterday gave a dinner party, at
which some fifty guesU attended, composed
?mh the exception of the Secretary of State
hie Assistant Secretary, al
<'gethiT of foreign ministers and gontlemcn
ittached to the several foreign legations in
his city, and ladies of their respective fami- I
ics. AH the gentlemen present were in citi
zen s costumes. Messrs. Crampton and Mar
ietta were there, it is said. We hear this
-'ntertainmcnt described by one of the guests
is being equal, in all its appointments, as to
food taste and elegance, to anything of the
Had coming off in these tisae* in cither Euro
pean capital. A capital spirit is said to have
actuated all present; who spent a delightful
evening together, indeed.
Major George Deaa, Assistant Adjutant
?cneral U. S. Army, met with a sad accident
festerday. in walking down Pennsylvania
ivenue he slipped on the ice and fell, near
Twelfth street, breaking his leg. Tho injury
was to the big bono of hi* right leg, near the
inkle. I
The Ourrent Operations of the Treasury Da
>artment ?On yesterday, 10th of January
here were of Treasury Warrants entered on
he books of the Department?'
fortheTrc^ury Department.? 5,080 00
$ ?
*ar Warrants received and en*
In the Senate, yesterday, after we went to
)ress, the debate on the memorial of George
\. Stevens, late a mastor in the navy of the
Pr.itcd States asking redress for the injustice
lone him by the late Naval Reform Board,
was continued at great length by Mr. Hale,
Mr Toombs, Mr. Adams. Mr. Brodbead,
Mr. Jones of Tennessee, Mr. Mallory, Mr.
scward, Mr. Bell, Mr. Mason, Mr. Touoey,
ind others, ere tho subject was passed over
Mr Brown gave notice of a bill to settle
certain accounts between the United States
md the State of Mississippi.
On motiou by Mr. Clayton, it was
lirsu'ved, That the President be requested,
if it be compatible with the public interest, to
Bomiuunieate to the Senate a copy of the Setter
of Lord John Russcl to Mr. Crampton, dated
January 19, 1853, in which the British Gov
ernment declared that they "intended to ad
lior?? strictly to the treaty of the 19th April,
1 *.'>0, and not to assume any severoignty, diroct
or indirect, in Central America "
On motion of Mr. Mason, it was
liesolvtd, That the Committee on the Con
tingent Expenses of the Senate be authorized
to pay Beveily Tucker, for the printing of the
D nance report, ordered to be printed the 3d of
January; provided tho price does not exceed
lhat n?'W authorized by law.
On motion of Mr. Bayard, it was erdered
that the President of the Senate be authorized
to assign rooms in the north wing of the cap
itol extension for the use of the court oi claims
luring the present session of the Supreme
After a short Executive seseion, the Senate
adjourned to Monday.
Preceedtags ef Te-Dny.
In the House, to-day, a motion was made
for a call of the Hou=-e, on which the yeas and
nay? were ordered.
During the call of the roll on this motion,
Mi. Nichols, when his name was called, rose to
a privileged question, and read a report in the
Globe, of remarks uiado by him a few days
before in debate, whereiu he was represented
as avowing himself a member of the Amerioan
party, which ho characterized as erroneous.
He declared that he had never been a mem
ber ot that organization, and was opposed to
their purposes and principles as explained by
members, their advocates, in the course ef de
bate in the hall.
The roll-call on tho motion for a call of the
House was then continued; and it was nut or
dered?yeas 70, nays 120.
Mr. Sneed, rising to personal explanation,
remarked that on Wednesday night, in the
heat of debate, and acting under a misappre
hension, he had taken occasion to critioise the
conduct of the Clerk, as a presiding officer,
unfavorably. He was now satisfied that he
had done that gentleman injustice, and there
fore recalled what he had said, as above ex
Mr. S. closed by complimenting the manner
in which the Clerk had discharged the duties
devolving on him through the peculiar condi
tion of the House.
Mr. Eustis announced that the absence of
Mr. Walker was result of sickncss.
Mr. Florence announced that the absence of
Mr. Packer arose from the faotthat that gen
tleman had been suddenly called home by the
extreme illness of a daughter.
The Clerk aanounced the first business in
order to be the further consideration of the
pending resolution of Mr. Sneed for the elec
tion of Mr. Orr to the Speakership.
ir exPllkiD?d that the refusal of the
lit ute to order the main question to be put on
this resolution on Wednesday niaht last, satis
fied him that it would be a mere waste of the
time of the House for it to consider this prop
osition. He therefore appealed to its mover
to withdraw it.
Mr. Sneed having withdrawn the resolution
in question, by leave of the House, they pro
ceeded with the one hundred and seventh
vote for a Speaker, with the following result :
Whole number of votes cast, 212; necessary
to a choice, 107.
Mr Richardson received 70, Banks 9S, Ful
ler of Pa 32, Pennington ft, scattering 5.
The present position of peace prospects is
this :?It may be remembered that Austria
made a suggestion of certain terms, not known
to the public, which the Austrian cabinet con
sidered might constitute a basis for pacific ne
gotiations. These suggestions Austria sent to
Paris, through the French Minister at Vienna.
The French Government sent a copy of said
suggestion to London. Much correspondence
ensued between London and Paris, resulting
in the original suggestions being sent back,
altered by France and England, to Vienna.
The Austrian Cabinet expressed mortifica
tion that the suggestions were not adopted
xiplicitrr. More correspondence ensued, re
sulting in Austria agreeing to append her
name jointly with France and England to the
modified proposals. The proposition thus
amended, was on Sunday, December 1ft, as no
tified by the Arago, sent from Vienna in charge
of Count Esterhazy, to St. Petersburg The
content* of this ultimatum arc kept profoundly
secret. If the Czar refuses, France and Eng
land threaten to continue the war, and Aus
tria to cease diplomatic relations, and after
ward to be governed by the course. Simul
taneously with the transmission of peace pro
posals to Russia, the ParisMoniteur publishes
the treaty entered into between the allies and
Sweden, guarantying the existing limits of
Sweden against Russian aggression.
As Russia does not at present threaten
Sweden, this ill-timed treaty may be viewed
by Russia as an intentional insult, and a cause
for the rejection of the peace proposals. The
terms of the treaty are very stringent. It is
declared that the treaty is concludcd to pre
vent every complication of a nature to trouble
the balance of power in Europe. By the first
article, tho King of Sweden engages himself
not to cede to Russia, nor to exchange with
her, nor allow her to occupy, any portion of
the territory belonging to tho crown of Swe
den and Norway, lie engages, moreover, not
t-? cede to Russia any right of pasturage or
fishing ground, or of any other nature what
soever of the said territories or of tho coast of
Sweden and Norway, and to reject any pre
tensions Russia might raise to establish the
existence of any of the above-named rights.
By the second article, the King of Sweden fur
ther engages, in case Russia should make any
proposition to or demand of him with a view
to obtain either the cession or exchange of any
portion whatever of the territory belonging to
the crown ot Sweden and Norway?be it per
mission to occupy certain points of said terri
tory, or the cession of fishing or pasturage
rights, <>r of any other on those same territo
ricso?on the coast of Sweden and Norway
to communicate immediately such proposition
to the Lmperor of France and the Queen of
hngland, and they engage to provide Sweden
with sufficient naval and military forces, with
those of Sweden, to resist the claims or aggres
sions of Russia. The nature, the importance,
k ii de<tination ?f forces in question,
11' the case occurring, be dccided by a
3om in on agreement between the three powers j
A secret clause is appended to the treaty
providing for Sweden eventually taking tho
held against Russia.
Vienna private correspondence intimates
that the Austrian government declined an in
vitation made by Prussia on the 17th of Sep
ernber to join Prussia in a Pacific interven
tion?also that Napoleon refused the invita
tion of Prussia, conveyed by Baron Prokesch
to 1 arts to open negotiations, but that in ihe
middle of November Count Buol. in the name
of Austria, invited the Wostern Powers to re
open at Paris the I'oace Conference of Vienna,
recommending also that the guarantee re
specting Prussian domination in the Black Sea
should be modified.
Russia had not replied to the proposal, but
would send rcpie3eutatives to the Conference,
hence has arisen the rumor that the Austrian
Anglo-French proposal is merely to define the
meaning of tho third point, and that if an un
derstanding be come to, the Vienna Confer
ence, so called, will be reopeued in Paris in
the irnddie of January.
Kumor says that the projected Conference
for a settlement of the Principalities are in
definitely adjourned. Count (Joronim will re
fume the command of the Austrian army there.
T, hurricane had occurred in the Crimea
J he Tchernaya river had overflowed its banks
doing considerable damage. There is nothing
ater than General Oodnngton's dispatch of
the 4th. saying that the Russians continued to
hre heavily from the north side, but without
much damage. Tho ground was covered with
?now. Savings banks are to be opened in tho
Attention is entirely occupied in discussing
he probabilities of peace. It is remarkable
that the general public speak more in favor of
carrying on the war now than at any previous
pei lod. Tne Queen has sent a jewelled decora
Lion to.Mir5? -Nightingale.
Heavy gale? had prevailed during the week,
and numerous casualties were reported on the
Brit ish coast, but no American ships are known
o be damaged The Spanish Wig Bravo,
from Barcelona for Havana, was wrecked on
fhe night of the 10th inst., off Gibralter. Foity
ladeiePsa"engerS W?re drowned' deluding seven
A treaty of amity and commerce between
trance and Persia is concluded, and an envoy
ha- left Pans to exchange ratifications. Gen
eral Canrobeit will be named Marshal cf
r ranee.
Tho Cubans have sent a protest agaiust the
impolicy of laying additional taxes on colonial
pioduce, as the new tariff proposes.
The first steamer of the New York line, the
Belgique was formally baptized at Antwerp
on the loth instant, by the Cardinal Arch
bishop of Malines and a crowd of clergymen.
Denmark has requested tho Governments
interested to adjourn the Conference of the
Sound Dues A Copehagen letter says that
only two States have as yet pronounced in fa
vor of Denmark's views, namely, Russia and
Mechlenberg. The Russian Finance Minister
some time since stated that ho could not raise
the large sum required to capitalize, and there
for? preferred remaining as they are. Lord
Clarendon has announced that if the United
States ships pass without paying tolls, British
snips will pass also.
Frankfort papers published an Imperial
ukase, authorizing the new Russian Loan.
The War Budget of the Kingdom of Sardi
nia, just presented to the Piedmontese Cham
bers, fixog the expenses of the war during
M at 74,239.532 francs ineludini
11,386,401 francs for the navy.
Tho Inv&llide Russe contains a dispatch
from Gen. Mouravicff. He reports that he has
taken possession of 1M cannon, large stores of
amunition and standards, with 10,000 prison
ers, besides those already reported?6,000 be
ing Turkish regulars, and 4,000 Redios The
London Gazette of Friday contains a copy of
the treaty between England, France, and
Decrease ok PortLATiow Portsmouth,
Va., on the breaking out of the recent pesti
lonoe contained a population of 15,000, of
which 1,200 at least have died, and about
4 800 are among the missing?i. e., have not
returned. The population of Norfolk at the
same period was 18,000, of which 2,700 have
died, and there are still nearly, 6,000 not re
turned. A desolation, all things considered
far exceeding in its result the great plague ef
ty C F. McKennie, one of the oldest and
m ost respectable citizens of Charlottesville,
died on Friday lut.
tprThe James river is froien over; and
navigation is consequently suspended.
Yellow Fever?The brig Soango, Captain
Little, fr^m Aux Cayes, Hayti. report* that
the yellow fever is raging fearfully at Aui
Ca.vos Every vessel in port had lo?t acme of
their crew Some of the ships were entirely
deserted, their whole crew? having died.
Wisconsin.?The Wisconsin Legislature met
at Madison on Monday. but did not organiie
Mr Barston, democrat, was declared elected
Governor of the State, but on the same day
Mr Baahford, republican, had the oath of office
administered to him by the Supreme Court on
an order to bring hi* case before said Court.
The Snow in Virginia?The snow during
the rccent storm fell to the depth of eight in
ches at Winchester and twelve inches at Peters
burg. Snow hus never fallen to this depth in
thwt vicinity, says the Petersburg Express,
since 182V. Show fell in Wheelingon Monday,
and had reached the depth of two feet between
that city and Cumberland.
Qen J^kson on marching out of New Or -
leans, to meet the red-coats, and give them an
insight into the celebrated New Orleans cotton
business, found all the French women of
tie city, who dreaded tha English name,
crying and lamenting around bim?they knew
that if the red-coats took the city, that all they
would do would be to take 41 beauty and
booty," with rough soldier license. Jackson
didn't like to see that feminine wailing round
his men, and it was on this occasion he made
his first oration in French, to the ladies.
Having asked the words of an nid-dc-camp,
the Qencral, with a regular Pnrisian twang,
sang out: 44 L'enrmi n tntrera javuit.tr/ans
rette ville?while I can shake a -tick at them
?by the Eternal 4' Vive Jackson', t-irr
lr brave. (imtra/ Old Hickory exclaimed
tho delighted citiicns who even thon foresaw
victory in the bright eyes of tho brave com
mander ; and by the eternal, he to?k the re
sponsibility of the matter.
OF THE AGE '?Some few day* ago
it was announced in the different papers of this
city that a being called as above ana supposed bv
Naturalists and others, Including Dr Mott, of
New York city, to be part human and part brute,
would be on exhibition for a few days Now.
supposlng^his to be an imposition of the grossest
kird for the purp se of defrauding the public out
of their money, as there ha* never been known to
Pve a being who was part human and part brute,
in fact there has never been any authentic account
of euch. With the determination of showing
this impos ure in Its full light to the public, if
such it shonld prove, I went to the place of ex
hibition, which Is just below the National Hotel,
on Pennsylvania avenue, paid my 2J cents, and.
on entering, 1 was perfectly dumb-founded to see
such an extraordinary tieing Sbe is about \% ft
h'gh, very well formed, except the head, which
is that of a baboon or an ourang outang, her face
and person Is entirely covered with thick black
hnir, except her bosom, hands and feet Sbe Is
very neatly dressed, and the most fastidious la
dies or gentleman need have no compunctions
about visiting her t?he Is well worth all they ask
for admission and more
jan ll--"? CURIOSITIES.
Washington Highlanders respectfully announce
to the public that they will give a Ball for the
benefit of the poor of thlscltyiftn MONDAY, the
?-Mh instant, and respectfully Mk the public's aid
in relieving the distresses?fflfcaac who arc unable
to help themselves. ? J#**
Committees and other aMhiiars In a future
advertisement M* lift-M5,17.19*22
GI'ARl'S ?The So2l^Hard? n k?
pleasure in announcing to tMftr Mtnd* and the
p lblic genera'ly, that their jflMRV'robly will
take place at Harmony 11*11. ?a *1U).\V >: V IN
NING, the 11th of January
jan 11?It TH^CgMnTTEK_
,1 O O P.?THE RKWLAK quar
terly communication of theH. W. Grand
Lodge of the District of Columbia, will be held
at Odd Fellows' Hall, 7th street. on MONDAY,
the lltb Instant, at 7 o'clock p m
jan 10?ThSM _ Gr.^cretary
Metropolitan Raili
stock of the MetroppPqflRSQrsad Com
pany who have not res nopg*. 5fil made
the 12th of April last for the payment the sec
ond instalment are requested to do so \&hln thir
ty days from date, to enable the Compfly to meet
their obligations to the contractors wljvarc now
engaged iu prosecuting ihe work.
By order of the Board of Directors :
dec'At J. W DEEBLE, typMurer
LUMBIA?Pursuant to the provitiaaa of the
Charter of this Company, the Managsfgive the
following statement of the condition ofjKa flair* .
Amount of premium notes.... $3*2 ?
Surplus fimd in cash
jan 7-eo2w
VvSk Meeting of the Mutual Fire feuranc*
Company of the District of Columbia w'l
at the office of the Company, on MONDi
uarv21,at 12 o'clock, m . 'when an el
be held for seven Managers, to serve ti
year. By order of the President:
jan 7-eo2w CHAS. WILSON, Serj^tary.
Lost, bftween Washington and
Alexandria, on the '0th Instant, a brown Fur
VICTOR INE. The finder will be rewaiiled for
returning the same t<< CHAS HAWKINS,
Pa avenue, between 10th and 1 th sts.
jan i I?3t
J- for 1?>56 received this dav.
M. and Store for rent now occupied by mfeNo.
49# Seventh street, near E. Any person wiping
to buy out the entire stock, can do so on aafom
modaating terms, If early application is flade.
The large and well selected stock will, from this
time be offered at cost by the single pair or pack
age, until further arrangemenrs
The subscriber designs devoting his entire at
tention to the store under Browns' Hotel.
jan li-3t^ (Int,Union,News,Organ)
and the necessary dissolution of the^
tinn of Knabe, Gaehle A Co , l'ianof
manufacturers, Baltimore, it is positively "neces
sary tosettle up the entire affairs of the late firm.
We have two verv superior Instruments on hand,
from the celebrated manufactory of this popular
firm, which must be sol>t within a short time.
One a magnificent Louis XIV. style beautifully
carved 7-oct*ve Rosewood Piano, tke factory
price of which is #150.
One superb Rosewood Piano, four round cor
ners, full 7-octaves ?factory price $375
Th^ae instruments will be sold at astonishing
deductions for cash This is an opportunity but
seldom offered to those In want of a reliable Pi
Also, always on hand Pianos from Hallet, Da
vis, A Co , Boston, and Bacon A Raven, New
Piano Stools, Guitars, Violins. Flutes, Accor
ding, Banjos, Strings, Music, Music Paper, Ac.
Give us a call an? see far yourselves
janll JOB Pa. av., bet. i?th and 10th sts.
373] CASH. [373
Twenty per cent saved by pur
chasing FOR CASH ?It is now unl
versally acknowledged that my establishment Is
the place to buy goods cheap, and as I wish to
sustain that pretty merited confidence, I now pro
pose to reduce my present valuable and extensive
stock of Foreign and Domeatic DRY 600DS by
selling off at an sacrifice to myself, and
Keat adcamag? to buyers, klerinos, Cashmeres,
( Lalnes, Castiinere*. and Caasincts will be sold
twenty per ceut. less than they have been offered
before this season.
I have last received from Auction
50 dozen linen Towels at 6 cents
3 cases wide bleached Cotton at 9 cents, worth 10
3 bales heavy unbleached do., do do
3 do very flue do do do do
1 case yard wide Merino IS cents
1 case second mourning Calico, 0 cents worth 12
1 case yard wide furniture do IK do IS
20 pieces Wool Flannel, iS cents
3 cases fine Calico, 6 cents, worth 10, warranted
fast colon.
In addition to the above we have a large and
well selected stock of BOOTS, SHOES and
RUBBERS for ladles, gentlemen and children
Also, boys' black and fancy colored CAPS,
which we are disposed to sell very cheap for
No 373 Seventh street, fourth house above 1 st ,
and one door above Mr. K G. Hyatt's.
jan 11??t (Organ)
ROOIfl'l PEN KNIVES, warranted gea
uine, bought personally from the maauf?ctu
rer? in Sheffield; ladies and gentlemen's patterns,
of one to four blades, in buck, ivory, aad pearl
handles. [jaa8J FRANCK TAYLOR.
rendered It Impossible to de justice to the p??
gramme another
will as eivss m
Prof F. H FROST. of Bmirn
And will consist of selections of the choice*'
pi- < e* of music, classical, popular and aomtc.
Tickets and F ro^ratrimr* at the Music Store*
rickets FIFTY CENTS Three tkke * f.
N B ?Ticket# purchased for the la?t Conor rt
and not used will be good at thi* jan 11-?
T H E VA R I K T I E 8 .
Maiao?a lOHN T FORD
Box ticket*
Parq-ett arm chsii* 90 rent*
Fill DAY EVENING, Jsaanry 11, !??**,
By the principal member* of the world renowned
Will appear every night thla week '
n'ttk in Enure Ckan^e ?/ **? PerfmrwuutM *
Particulars in small bills.
The Greatest Curiosity in the World!
will be exhibited during thla work.
On the Avenue, below the National Hotel
j tn 10?ti*
The management respectfully announces that
ow;n^r to thr signal and flattering succeslthst has
atteuded hi* introduction of the
ENTIRE operatic TROl fE,
In Washington, and at the urgent and numerous
sc lici'at iohs of the admirer* of the divine
art, he ha* the honor of preen l -
ing them for
FRIDAY EVENING, January 11, ,
B-Ing most positively the last time tb?y win *p.
pear In to is city. On Ibis occasion will
be presented by particular request
Bt 'lini's gnat lyric
tra?>?dv of
The Emu ent Prima Donna
The young American Prima Donna
The Cel* brated Tenor.
The Famon* B?*so
Assisted by the entire resources of the troupe bott
vocal and instrumental.
The whole under tb?* direction of the great ma.'a
\rr Notwithstanding the outlay uf Capital ne
cessarily r<?qii)red to defray the
and pay the ?
Of nearly O** Hundred Arli?t$,
liy The management la enabled to adopt 'he
*.ui?e prices as paid at the original representation
in New York, as follow*
Dress Circle and Parquette ?1 v?
Secured Seat* t
Family Circle 1 ?u
ITT Box Book for the sale of'ocurcrf s?a*i, oj* u
at the National Theatre on Thursday and Fridsr.
from 9 a m to I o'clock p. rn Jan 10?S
k coperous, Swedish Hair Creator, Lily White
Hair and Tooth Brushes, Trauspan.nl Soap f?r
chapped hands, for sale at
jan 10?3t I.AMMOXD'S,Tth strwt
gold and silver cases, for sale for the mai."
facturers, at their lowest retail prices, and to tb?
trade at their lowest wholesale price*
Also, Morton's *hort-nib Gold Pens, differing
essentially In their construction from any others
snd suiting the requirements of ir.anv who have
hitherto been unable to make use of anv metallic
penwhatever. FRANCE TAYLOR
jan 10
Man, who can make himself usefjl in any
capacity He has been porter In stores In tb's
citj^, and has had the care of horse*, Ac. He is
healthy and able bodied, of pleasing addre*?,
strictly honest, and can give the highest teftlm"
nia'.s as to bonestv, sobriety, Ac. His owner is
loth to part with him. but Having no use for hS
services and needing money.be Is compelled ' ?
do so. He will be *old to remain in the Distrii :.
Address "J R," City Post OfSce. jan 10?:??
ano Forte and Singing, respectfullr solk r- *
continuation of favors from htr present patrons,
and would ia'orm thowe wishing to be Instruetci
either on the Piano F orte cr Singing, or both, thst
she has time to devote to six or eight more pupils
Application* made to Mrs D , corner of Bridge
and Market streets. Georgetown, or at the Music
Depot, corner dt Penna avenue and 11th street
Washington, will meet with due intention
Jan 10?3t*
Iron Hall Boat, Shoe and Trunk Establish
dies', Gents', Misses', and Children's
Gossimer and Sand&ls Also, Bucksklnf
lined Shoes, double sole and water-proof
Boots, all of which 1 will sell low for cash
All In want please call and examine for your
selves. S P HOOVER.
Iron Hall, bet 9th aad 10th ?ts . Pa. av
jan 10?
[No 550 ]
' Swamp and Overflowed Lands."
instructions of the Secretary of the Interior,
pubic notice Is hereby given that, In ordc to
orlng to a close the business under the act of Con
gress approved September at, 1850, endued.' An
act to enable the State of Arkansas, and o!h<r
States, to reclaim the 4swamp lands' within their
limits." and at the same time afford to partus
who claim thst portion* of the land* selected tin
der said law are dry r?nd fit for cultivation, as op
"ly to Introduce evidence, all lands so w
to the appioval whereof no objection be
m*de within *lx month* from the daie here0',
will be certified r nd patented to the Statw*
Such objections a* are contemplated by th?
above must be made under oath, aad Hl?*d w ?
the register and receiver of the proper land o? *
for transmisMon to the General I Jind Ofllce TW
necessary forms for aflidavits are in the uaud* cf
said otttcers
The following classes of land are exempt froir
objection, to-wit:
1st Lands entered with cash, or located wi??
military bounty land warrants or scrip, a/ter the
passage of the act of 2?th Septemb?-r. l""5*'- i,n,
prior to the passage of the act of 2d March.
"for the relief of purchasers and locator* of swan |
and overflowed landa."
'?id Lands already patented to the State ond<
the swamp law ?
In all case*; where objection Is raised, testim01^
must be uken before ttoe register and receiver ?
the lsad oAce. at such time, after the explra'?oi
of said six months, a* thev may appoint witc 'L'
consent of the Commissioner of the General l^
oalc* ^ aj*
The lists of swamr and overflowed lanos
open to inspection during lhe regular busiti''^
hours of lhe Land Office.
Given under my hand, at the elty of Wsshisfi
'on, this aist day of l>e<^ember, 18&5
Commissioner General Land Olhce
Jan 10?
Rth. from a sleigh, on Penra avenue,*'
HORSE BLANKET. The Under will
liberal reward by leaving the sure at the ?
House, Penna. avenue, tsjlow Sixth street
jan 10?3t
Pena avenue, between the Capitol an? .
Ident's House, a brown fur VICtOBIM"'^
with brown silk A liberal reward will bef*"
to the flnder, If left at the oAce of the Star.
Jan 1??Jt? ^
Lost by a lady, in bkoroet"' ,
on the 4th instant, between the corner^ ^ ,
and Bridge streets, and the Convent, s ws |f ((
Fur Vlctorlae. Tne flnder will pl*a*^ '*"* h)< n#
Ml Remick's, Brldne strtet, when
ward will be given. janl*-*
lected, to

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