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MASTER MARRY WALKER tk?- krifiMt >'???( p ?M?t. ag^l 1.* ft-M ^*1 > of t>< k? H ? ill Ix'icia 84inr.l1; in n-.i<iif I?femarT JT. M-t/rr. ??"*. <*-2-~t P.-uti ai'tv. I'.??I >'l! ~e?i-?75 u l't 41 I ?] A-iujH-: <11?5J C<-||t?. fel.3 if ILLAHl) HALL. T1R8DAY EVEMNti. M .r ii il WV LITERARY AXl' MIS1CA1 EN PERTAIN MENT h<>\> * or tlISS \SNIE \V. STORY. Th? f.ill"*iii? 1 -hi snUli lial>-utKi!l partKip.r? MISS ANNIE V. STORY. HISS /AII'KK JONES. M>v/ S .pr.tno> Pr.f ANTON i.LOET/MR Pia..l?t Graduate *.f LobM-i > at..r\ ol L<-ip^i. . Prof i KO I"I LIX RENKERT Piani-t MR JAMES P COWARDIN, .f Ri.hm .nl. who *ill.lt|i\.i iiiK i. trat<-<i I ? run on ihe humors >f th- I'crtr'f Kvo< MR. St N L G YOI NO Ti?k?-t? for -al it S* i1 'ii. aa v < Mpa.ae's I --(k ?'i.r??. M'M 'if ) R<-p Jt t'liran I M>. HtHLOVI BEi.S LE\\t TO t ALL ? ??ttriiiion ? t Srnator^ <n<l nifiiil r< .>t (???nsiv*? .?ii'- < i i u of P M.NT1NGS. E\iiBA % IN'i" v. v> I'i. M )>? . I*< r .tt r^.1 ti. ^i pi i Tbi? i- a tin- ? pp. ? 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LittV IVIli.ih?- chiimin? ? >na ?it'-- J^--i?' H war.!. \o. *li-i :ind artr-ax Th?* a? rlorniaurf ?.? con. lu.le aitli lU* lanKliabk- :.?rcf of W'? p*rk**t H? 'I* ' Hvtici-.?Mann"- Tu^-l -y ai. 1 Pri-lav nftmoon*. Adlii ? i..|i t.? >1 *11r?. ? - 15an-l 3i < lit? i Imii??- of jr inini' on M 'iidi* ?c l Tli?r?tay. 'rniATtH totiitii e. I MONDAY, p. I.ruar. i! 'rrry nxhttiil thr>? 11 iti#?*?, >1 .ii iy. t\ ^.lic -lay ami Ssfnrday. Ektia M 't iii- Wavliin^t'.u'* Birthday. * h:iii^. .i t,iil ihii ?r>l S^i- rrrt and hon^e l ill? tor particular*. E ?? -d ih? f-*r? ?h ? I. ri..u- tkr d?>lui(, ikr oali Auni>- 11m lit- En Sajretn. hi of the crrat Elli" pian < "luolian. Mi R'.dd. F.ii*^iikiii nfili la//lin* Cr> italon Kan Aiti?t? 1.1 K- iI.- Giiliri^llf. R^ ^iu:i;e|iy-iit < I tli* ?Hirat?l ami da?h;ng Wait<- Si-trr<. Tli a>r> W?l t-ilj .1 ih^?Mi. t?t>23-4t ? \| ADA >1 E. U tSTE V ?1*1 I'r. m Bait im.">r*', tnfora* h i rii-;.d? aud La-ltes il t?.S* .li - La? in ? Lai gr th HAIR DEPARTMENT at (?kw Bar.m ?, ai-1 will d . aii aiuo* ^1 tia.. M". rk at Nfcw l*-RK rRICKS 1IA1F. SID BY TIIE 0I NCR To HAIR OKK E Rs, ?I the lowest uiuk-t price. HtIR DRESSING ^aJ Chudreu* HAIR CLT 1 I NG > ia!'*. 11 liluaii Ilair Sa!!? h-1 (r m 41 np at , it. , tHAS. tt Al M-S. 4 0"a 7lh ?tre?t, ????!> Im futi-rig-iic. i Rmldiux. Old No ION RXH1B1TIOM a5D SALE INiw No ? # AT I A iQ V" ?T \ ^ MtRhKlTKR A. ( 7th St. 7 % VI If ?"1| U flH'i ? tlTgdiS, dim li gy^ . ^ HlU, Vmricp pa Fyatinyi. Kngr%%ii,g% Ctiromon. &c. iA^l 'V*'," *l ' > cf p*P- r Haiurin**, Window 5*^. ' "ictnrni, rruiM, rictor? Ccrdj tod Im V-hT V 1 ^ Dut! ict Please ra*??oib?' Nun# and Nmnber. jel ly i |PER t t,| \S%E?r^ > KRY EINK AND POWKRfl L. A 'stap?u ?.?>/??..? ? >(t. ' t eaprrirL. f and ft| Od*i. al I ?MU*. t, ^l^t ?L. M m; 11 Opticiair -"TT*" .. rnrrtS ?rr-t ^ FILL ASSORTMENT ?? E R >1A N 'rAVORS. M 1V SAW STYLES MASK OF ALI. CH \RACTERS. J Hat R?,-tv-,l tHR. HI PPEKT'S. isnS lm TEMPLK. , jan37 In Wo. 413 7th iirwit C'ALL AT t . '? 11 TIIK S, ' 1217 arid lilU Peuu*tlvAn*a avenue. For puir W INK3 *L-i LltlL ORS.ut ail fradea at r*4?eed price*. cftira.ViftrjSS- MIJf* W1M"'t#i GINGER BKANDfr RASPBERRY STBCP, ** *c oayXtr \V ?OU KNARA VINO. " H. Hu kMgOLS. V,,?m4raa/ E?,rar^. _ . _ Ho 93* L street northwaat Jti-'r.t.lt Ii.*rat:n| a ifr<i>Jl; ?lev* ol Boiidib^i, Pat rats, Ac. jaU Aa' / ' V?\ 45?IS?. 6,841. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 5875. TWO CENTS. EVENING STAR. Washington News and Gossip. Mr*. Grant will continue her Saturday afternoon receptions to-morrow. The an nouncement that she wou><1 not was a mis take. Jnternai. Revenue?The receipts from this source to-day were f6flw,425.52. Customs Rf venue.?The receipts to-day Weie tl,C24,7t*.65. The Cabinet met at noon to-day, witu all the member? present. _ Tin- Senate District Committee failed to get a q iorum to-day; the only members I resent l>ciiu; Mr. Lewis, chairman, and Mr. Hamilton. of Maryland, and consequently held no meeting. At the White House.?Senators Allison, Spencer. Jones. Gor Ion. and Cameron, Com mi> ioner Douglass, and Representative Neg ley had audience with the President this morning previous to the meeting of the Cabi net. An order removing the various merchan dize stands from tlie Capitol, mentioned in the morning |>ai>ers. is only intended to ap ) lv to such as are in theold hall of the House ot Representatives. The order was issued i?y General Babeock. and although some of those who had to fold up their traps demurred and threatened to test his authority in thrt premises, nearly all haveyielded and changed i heir headquarter* from the old hall to the corridors on either side of it. Cot.v> comfort hok Freedmen's savin<; Bank Depositors.?In tiie Senate to-day Mr. fkott, from the Committee on Finance, ic|>orled adversely on tlse hill iutrotluceil hy Mr Robertson. <?i> the 15th inst.. to secutede l>ositors in the Free linen's Savings and Trust Company from ultimate loss. The bill pro loseit that the I'nited States should guaran tee to the deporllors the balance remaining due to them after exhausting all ttie assets of ^aid company. The I't Bi.ir ri aihng at Wdlard's Mail Tuesday evening by the beautiful an 1 gifted M i^v Annie \V. Storey promises to be un usually attract: ve. Th.- .array of talent -- cured to assist heron the occasion is notably large. For one feature. l*r??f. Anton Gloetz nerand Prof. Geo Felix Benk'-rt will perform several four-hand pieces on the piano. This will be a musical treat, as Prof. Gloetzner is a pupil of the great Yon Billow, and Mr. Benkert's reputation is of the highest in mu sical circle* h?-re. Tickets may be found at the store of Solomons .v Chapman. The Tri ck in the House.?The demo crats in The House of Representatives this morning waived the demand, which they had authority u? make, lor the reading of yesterday's Journal, an agreement having t>een previously entered into by which the sundry civil appropiiation bill shotdd be hrouglit up for consideration. The under standing now is thatdebate closes on the sun dry civil appropriation hill at Ave o'clock: that an evening session will be held at half pan seven o'clock for debate only on Hie ? Force Bill." and 'hat the previous ?iiiestiou on this bill he called at one o'clock to-mor row. Should Speaker Blaine decide to deliver his ?.peeen which he has pre|>ared in opposl tion to it. it Mill be made some time to-mor row morning. The Retort of the Yicksbur? Trou ble The House committee which visitei i4 iy yiycstigate -j^e conditio affairs In tuat state will submit two reports, the republicans uniting in a majority report, and the democrats in a minority report. The former was agreed upon yesterday. It gives a statement of facts concerning (tie troubles arising out of the ejection from office of Peter i roshy. elected sheriff of Warren county, Mississippi, at the November election 1*7.:. 'i he report concludes bv recommending the )Hs-ii2<- by Congress otl the Force bill and = dop'ion ot a resolution that the violent ? vet'throw '<f law and order in Yicksburg Justifies the application of Governor Ames tor tr-iops and the action of the President in ordering them sent to that city.*' Nominations?The President sent the following nominations to the Senate yester day: John C. Whitney, to i?e surveyor of cus tom^ Albany. N. Y : George Worthington, nt W -cousin, to be consul at Ghent; Albert 1- FreemaiiWm H Sutherland. J. M. Roper. ? partes K. Fox. R. H. McLean, M. K S? hw< nk. Win. C Hancock. Jacob Modarv. John C. Fremont, jr.. B F. Rinehart. R II. Gait, Clias. K Miles, AH?eri Mertz, O. W. Lowry, C-H Lyeth. K s. Hotclikiu, V. L. Cothnar. O. K. I.a-her H S. Waring and Frank E. Siwyer. to be midshipmen; Brevet Colonel Jofcn Green, major 1st cavalry, to be t r?-vet brigadier general, for good conduct in the Modoc campaign, and a number of bre vet- for gallant service- during operations against hostile Apache Indians in Arizona. Bon a n 7 a .?Editor Eremttg ?Stm ? Your cor respondent yesterday served a very good purpose in giving the definition of the above word, but it came a little late. The term got i's present application from California out of !In-recent rise in mining stocks, but it isn't in use there -o much as it was The bottom -eeius to have fallen out. and things are now in a worse condition than before the rise. A?*coniingly the coming word from that quarter is not bonanza, but its antithesis? ??meaning storm, tempest, a vio lent squall of wind; a mine that yields i.othing.?unprofitable: hazard, danger, ob struction. Figuratively, therefore, to be in b:id lu? k --Borrasca'* is In the mouth of a sjreat many more Caliloruians just now than - Bonanza.*'* and indeed it may be said that a great port ion of the country is at the pres ent time ?? Jr en Ir-iMM " K A Pieasant Entertainment Judge I W. Wright had a brilliant and decidediy enjoyable "house-warming" at his haudsome new re-idence, 1100 M street, last night, in the s|ia|<eot a pafty complimentary to Sena tor Pratt, the retiring Senator from Indiana, and senator-elect Andrew Jotinsou. of Ten nessee. The gathering comprised a large numt>er ol promiuent public men. particu larly ir<?iii Judge Wright's section of the \\\st. and there was also an interesting sprinkling of representative r>-d men from ! tin- Indian nation, of the ('herokee,Choctaw. I Cli:ckasaw, Creek and other tribes. Among the latter was Dr. Long, of the Chickasaw tribe, with bis charming Virginia bride. I>r. I.ong. towering up to nearly seven foot pro portion*. together with Gen. Denver and Senator Pratt, of like altitude, seemed to make a pretty goyd showing lot western 1 fhTs!<-,Tl?. Thfr? vPftrt Mso present many | agreeable people of Washington society. 3ni. | with social intercourse. muMC. vocal and in strumental. and the good cheer abundantly supplied, the evening sped very rapidly. The j genial imsf. aided bv his estimable wife. ; made every body feel very much at home. The Louisiana '-Last Ditchers" Not 1 Vet Hafft?The Louisiana people of white league tendencies seem greatly exer cised over the prospect of an amicable settle ment of their state attain*. Dispatches came fn-quently fvotn the state to-day. particular ly from New Orleans, which Is in a fever, politically speakiug. McEnery is opposed to the whole compromise, and his adherents, j called the -last ditchers." have called a , meeting to be hekl to night to protest against ; the adoption of the proposition. The close : vote of the conservatives in accepting the ; compromise has given them a hope of suc cess. Their grievance is that they want all the offices ami patronage. This meeting was called upon a petition signed by a large num ber of business men and politicians, but this j morning's papers in New Orleans contain a petitiou oi three hundred persons and firms of conservative people there, protesting against the meeting and demanding the ac ceptance of the Wheeler compromise. C m- t Kress has nothing to do with the matter, as the conservative caucus in Louisiana is the ' sole authority in deciding it. Pinchbeck op poses the Wheeler compromise, out the con servative committee here, and also Kellogg, iavor lv The whole subject will probably be decided to morrow by some action in Lou isiana. The Presideut is strongly in favor of the proposed settlement of the quwtion. Col. Packard received the following tele gram from New Orleans last night: 'Husineas men generally signing the pro test against the Bourbon meeting, and favor ' compromise. Change of sentiment here ex traordinary. The democratic caucus refused to receive a protest sent them by McEnery. Our new bonds goue to fifty."' FORTY-THIRD CONGBESS. Friday, February 26. SENATE. -The Vice President laid before the Senate a communication from the Secre tary of War endorsing the report of Gen. Custar's expedition to the Black Hills. Laid on the table and ordeml to be printed. Also from the Secretary of War, a communication endorsing tlie report of the inspector of national cemeteries. Referred to Committee on Military Affairs. OF DISTRICT INTEREST. Mr. Thurman called up bill amending the charter of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company and forotberpurple-,which wa< passed. Also bill extending time lor the lioaid of Audit of the District of Columbia o receive and audit claims. Passed. Also bin to amend section 3,392, of the revised statu s in reference to the stamps on beer barrels and the cancelling of the same. Passed. Mr. Conkling, from Committee 011 Judi ciary, reported House bill in reference to reducing the term of confinement of United ?States convicts. Mr. Morrill of VI., from the Committee on Finance, reported back without amendment the tax bill. He reported it without recom mendation, as tbe committee was equally divided upon it. He said that he would call j it up to-morrow. Mr. Scott, from Committee on Finance., re ported adversely on bill introduced by Mr. Rol>crtson to reimburse depositors in Freed men's bank by tbe sale ot U. S. bonds, and | the bill was indefinitely postponed. Mr. Howe, from tiie Committee on tbe Li brary, reported baclt the petition of Cbas. I.aninan, an<l asked to be discharged from i its farther consideration. He said the pe I tit loner asked to be compensated for alleged ' infringement of copyright of his Congres sional Dictionary by the compiler of the?Con ; gressloual Directory. The petitioner had re c? ntly asked to withdraw his papers. The civil rights bill was then proceeded j witli. HOIS]'. < F REPRESENTATIVES?The j tead ngo. the journal had progressed to the first yea and nay vote, 011 going into Com mittee of the Whole on the appropriation bill was reac hed Mr. Storm demanded the read ng of the names of those voting or absent. This demand, if insisted upon throughout, would require the consumpt <>11 of several hours in reading the journal. A TRITE. Mr. Hurlbut (111.) therefore submittal a proposition that by unanimous consent the reading of the journal be waived and the session until five o'clock be given to the Committee on Appropriations for the con sidei-ation of the sundry civil appropriation bill, and at that hour the House take a recess until half-past seven o'clock, when th ? bill reported by Mr. Cobnrn shall be before the House for debate only, and that the demand for the previous question shall be considered seconded when ordered by the House. After some discuss ion the proposition was agreed to. By unanimous consent a number of bills were reported or taken up and passed, among th* rn were the following: Or. motion of Mr. Todd (Pa.) the Senate am? ndmeuts to the bill supplementary tothc several acts prescribing the mode of collect ing evidence in contested election eases were coi enrred in. On motion of Mr. Town send vPa.) a con ference was ordered on the House bill to in corporate and regulate railroad companies in the territories of the Jnited States, and granting the right ot way through the public lands. Mr. Phillips (Kansas) reported a bill for the relief of settlers on railroad lands. Mr. Cessna, from the Judiciary Commit tee, reported a bill for the remov al of restric tions upon the right of members of Congress elect during the recess of Congress. Passed. iTUfe bi)i repeals tliQ vi?use prohibiting the clerk from paying members Wn?r? noUco , of a contest is tiled. 1 Mr. McNulta (III.) asked, but failed to ob tain, consent to offer a bill, and gave notice that he would object to all others. PERSONA I. EXPLANATION. Mr. Kasson vlnd.) obtained leave to make a personal explanation in regard to his vo.< on the Pacific railroad bill, and said, in sub stance, that he had been reported as voting for the bill, while he had been among its most active opponents. On motion of Mr. Garfield, the House then went into Committee of the Whole on THE SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATION BILL. Mr. Randall (Pa.) made the point of order that the clause requiring tbe money for the completion of the new jail in the District of C dunihia to lie expended under the direction ol the Secretary of the Interior changed ex isting laws, and that portion of the paragraph was stricken out, leaving the money to be expended as now provided. Mr. Randall (Pa offered an amendment providing thai the work of fencing and in closing the grounds, and the heating appa ratus for the new jail shall be done by the lowest responsible bidder, after alvertise nu nt. provided it does not Interfere witfi ex isting contracts. Adopted. Messrs. Hawlcy (Conn.) and Butler (Mass.^ ui.d? r pro forma amendments, condemned the ventilation acoustics of the Hall of the House, declaring it the worst they ever saw. Mr. Piatt t Va.)defended the acoustics of the Hall, and charged the difficulty in being heard to the general conversation going on among members, in the lobby and in the gal leri?s. no attempt being made to lower tbe voices below the ordinary tone?and said that there was 110 difficulty at any time in bearing the voice ol tiie chaplain 111 any part of tbe Hall. Messrs. Cobnrn (Ind.) and Eldredge (Wis.) condemned the hall us unfit for the purpose for which it was used?tiie latter declaring it no tit place for human beings, where Gol's sun could not shine ui>oii them. Mr. Butler (Mass.) defended the moiety system, and Mr. Dawes replied. The paragraph in relation to the District 01 Columbia was amended on motion of Mr. I oughridge so as to read: "To pay on behalf of the United states as a portion of the gene ral expenses of the District of Columbia to | be expended by the Commissioners of "aid District *r<?n.iioo. With a proviso that sala ries xhall not be changed from the rates now flx?-d bv law." Mr. Thompson (Pa.) advocated the pay ment ol a Just proportion of the taxes by the government upon the property owned by it iti the District of Columbia, ami denied that it should be made liable for the improve ment of the streets. Mr. Cox ottered an amendment to the para graph appropriating si.~>,t*xi for the purchase of works of art for ornamenting the Capitol, providing for a council on matters of art to act with the Joint Committee on the Li brary in selecting works of art. Rule I out on a point of order ? The Pacific Mail Steamship Cy, \j day entered suit against JoUu JJoy-i to re evver ft Nominations.?The President sent the following nominations to the Senate to-day Jas. N.Tyuer, to be Second Assistant Post mastei general, Jerome J. Hinds to be U. S. marshal for southern district of Alabama; J. Q. Hamilton, of Ohio, to be agent for ludians of Lisseton agency in Dakota; Joseph B. Mc Dowell. of Nebraska, to be register land of fice, Lincoln, Nebraska: Wm. B. Smith, of Iowa, to be receiver public moneys Sioux City. Iowa. Also several postmasters. The District Board of Acdit?The bill to extend the time within which the board of audit for the Dlstilct of Columbia may receive, audit and allow certain claims that have ne\er been presented to said board, passed the Senate to-day with an amendment, providing that theclaims specified iu the bill shall be presented prior to July 1st next. The bill provides that the board may receive, audit and allow just claims agaiust the Dis trict of the first and second classes mentioned in the ?th section of the act of June 2rt, 1874, and claims for refunding sewer taxes, not withstanding the limit of time for presenta tion contained In said act, and in the Joint lesolutiou to continue said board of audit, approved December 21,1*74. Only Five Days More of Congress Including to-day, but five days of the session remain. During this time the following necessary business remains to be disposed of :-The passage of two appropriation bills in the House and three In the Senate; action by the House on the Senate amendments to the bills admitting into the Union the terri tories of Colorado and New Mexico; the passage of the new revenue and tax bill in the Senate; action by both Houses on tbe reports of the committee which investigated affairs in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi; the disposition of the force bill and the District of Columbia bills. In addition, there are a multitude of bills on the private calendar in each House. TELEGRAMS TO THE STAR. ? WEST VIRGINIA LE&ISLXTURF IMPEACHMENT OF STATE OFFICERS. DESTRUCTIVE FLOODS THE NEW YORK CHURCH DISASTER THE KILLED AND WOUNDED. THE BE EC H E R TRIAL. "^RACY STILL TALIilX(i I TWENTY-FOUR LIVES LOST AT SEA. I THE .YA H YORK i Ml Vt II DISAS TER. The Killed and Woiuiilod. New York. February 26.?The accident at St. Andrew's Human Catholic church, last night, caused the instant death of flve i> r souf?uot six, as at tirst reported. Michael Murray, who was reported dead, was wound ed. and taken to his home. Mary Jane Mar tin and Patrick Ledell are expected to die. About ten persons are suhering from serious wounds, and the rest received contusions, scalp wounds and bruises. Those who were slightly bruised or who fainted from fright numbered more than fifty, and Jhesewere assisted to their homes by their friends. Father Curran. of the church, was sitting almost beneath the gallery: at the first inti mation of danger lie arose to ascertain the cause, which saveu his life, as his chair was crushed to pieces. He escaped with a few bruises. HIE FIKST INTIMATION of the approaching calamity was the falling of the plastering of the ceiling over the east gallery; the next instant a mass of bricks came tumbling through the ceiling, carrying with it benms. roofing, and several hundred square feet of ceiling. The bricks fell through in t\\ o places, and in their fall completely crushed eight pews into splinters, and ruined eight others, a large coping stone fell into one of the pews, and it appeared, from bloo.i that was bespat ten don the hack, that it mast have struck some one, probably inflicting a fatal injury. THE TI /. TO V liTEA II Fit Tit ill.. Tracy's Arirnmeut (unlinur?l. New Yokk. February an?The assemblage .of spectators m the Brooklyn city court rooaa tii-uay was not so large as on former occa sions. Tracy continued his argument. He pro ceeded to show that by the very punctuation of the so-called letter of contrition it was prepared in a hasty manner, and that lteech er had never dictated it, as he was careful in his dictations aad writings. Another point, said counsel. I come to is the alleged confession of his guilt that the defendant is charged with having inade to Monlton and his wife; at the church committee Tilton said that his evidence against Beeeher was in writing, and he did iiOt then pretend that he had in his possession any oral confession of Beeeher. In Moulton's statement of August 21st he stated that Mr. Beeeher had confessed to him, but that was given in general terms and not specifically. This was challenged, and it was not until the second statement that he came out with it boldly, raid they would also remember that on his examination here he clothed his lan guage in different terms to what he did In Ui$ s< cond statement. ? HIGH WATER. (?real Instruction in Tenue??see. I Cincinnati. February 26?A special rite patch to the Gazette from Knoxvilie, 'l'enn., says the mo?t destructive freshet for many years has visited that locality. Toedainag * toall kinds of property throughout East Ten nessee is very great." The bridge over the Hiawassee river, on the East Tennessee, Vir ginia and Georgia railroad, is goue. and no mails were receive*I yesterday. It will prob ably be a week i?efore trains are running again on that road. The Tennessee river has 3s feet of water, and is still rising. Bridges, mills. Urns and houses have i>eeii swept away by the flood. The Knoxvilie gas works are submerged, and the city was in darkne s last night. The tosses in the city and coun try are large. WEST YIR4.IXIA II*. 1ST tTl RE. Impeachment of State Officer*. Cincinnati, February 26.?A special dis patch to the I'm/uiicr, from Charleston. West Virginia, says the legislature agreed yester day to adjourn to-day, to meet in Wheeling on the loth of November uext. The house committee of investigation reported that Auditor Bennett and Treasurer Burdett have been guilty of maladministration and and high crimes in office and recom mend their impeachment. LOST AT SEA. Twcnl^-foitr Victim*. London. February 26.?Intelligence has been received here that the steamship Hong Kong, from this place for Japan, foundered off the Islands of Abd-el-Curia. in the Indian Ocean. N ineteen persons are reported saved; 6 are known to have been drowned, and is are missing. ? ? Another Steamer Wrecked. New Yokk, February 26 The steamer Vicksburg, from Port Royal, S. C.. for New York, went ashore last night seven miles east of Fire Island light. 8he is a total loss. The crew was saved except the cook, who was drowned. t oltoii Mill Horned. Philadelphia, February 26.?Wolsto i s cotton mill at Cardington outside of the city limits, was burned last night. The House tax bill was reported with out amendment by the Senate Finance Com mittee to-day. Prior to this action a meet ing ol' the conauiiUce was held, at which the fact was developed that four members ol' th committee were in favor of amending the House bill, anil lour opposed toamendment*. mainly because they believed any alteration would is.i peril the bill. District Appropriations.?The House, in Committee of the Whole ou the sundry viyU appropriate bill this afternoon, Adopted the following Items: ' To pay the portion of the general expenses of thel?istrict of Columbia due from the United .States, to be expended by the Commissioners of said District, one million and sixty thousand dol lars." Also, "todefray the expense of con ductiiig the sanitary service. *26.117.50. /'<*> vufrrf. That the Commissioners of the District shall pay concurrently for such service to the Board of Healtii a like amount out of the treasury of the District of Columbia, which they are authorized and required to do " The National Scnday-School Union. Several members o* tfce executive commit tee of the national sandav-school union met in Baltimore Tuesday for the purpose of per fecting arrangements for the next meeting of that body, which takes place in Baltimore on the Uth, 12th, and 13th of May next. The programme of business adopted' covers nine ?ej.?ions, or three for each of the three days of session. The convention to be held in Baltimore In May will be international in character. Delegates will be present from diflerent parts of the world. No Choice.?A Salt Lake City dispatch says that Philip Shafer, for the murder of \ an \ alkenburg, a year ago. was given the choice of being <diot. hanged, or gu illotined, as provided by law, but expressing no pre-' ference was sentenced to be hanged June 23 Andrew Johnson has informed thedem ociatlc state committee of New Hampsli ire that in consequence of the extra session of the senate he will be nnable to speait in that state during the present political camnaigq. The French assembly yesterday finish ed the most important portions of the work of organising the government. The bill fix ing the powers of the president of the assem bly was passed. Kove*.?The standing committee <?f the Indiana diocese yesterday voted against confirming the el^-aon of Dr. DeKovea as Bishop of Illinois. ?^TwoSan Franci*o capitalists, James Plulaoamt Edward Martin, have brought about two million acres of Orecon la ads at the cash gold price of ft an acre. THE BATTLE OF THE GiAXTH. MOTTVS. UARRKTT. Thf 4>r? ai Railniad War- NrHtaofthr (?nlro?fr<) -H hifk it lite Hoiom. IjT-Thf (in I tint ore and Ohio Otirfn* in* Wur - The Pfoplf (?nlu by the Nlrnnlf. After month?of peace and apparent amity between the Pennsylvania and the Baltimore and Ohio railroads, the whmMouM has ag tin i>urst. ard the old contest been revived. The sigi al for battle was opened by President Garrett by a gun from Baltimore firedover the telegraph wires, and promptly answered hy a broadside from President Scott at Phil adelphia. The reverberations of these dis charge* have been heard all over the land, and as the contest thus Initiated promises to l?e ir,:? resting, it i< well that the public should kr.ow the cause of the combat. It is an old-time feud, originating at a p? riod when belligerency was a prevailing epidemic throughout the country. The North and Mouth appealed So arms in 1*1 to settle sectional differences, and soon after this was done the two great railroad companies be came embroiled. The history of the origin of that difficulty has already been printed, and as its correctness has never been qm*. tioned. i' may as well be repeated here. The misunderstanding between th<-secom panies originated when the National Capital was endangered by the Rebellion, and the re sources of the country were taxed to their utmost for its salvation. At that time the Ha!timore and <?hio Company had the only raiiroad line reaching Washington. Having but a single track on this line, and that l?eing of very imperfect construction and equipment, the road was unequal to lt? de mands upon it. and after much trouble and some strong intimations from those in Gov ernment authority, the company owning it was compiled to improve it a.id increase its capacity. The Baltimore ami <>hio Kailma l proper was repeatedly broken and inter rupted. so that it could Rot be relied upon as a channel of communication with the West, and the country looked for wme other route to l>e opened by which the Capital co'ild b? reached and protected. The Pennsylvania Railroad, l>elng the nearest route to Wash ington connecting the Western and Northern States, which passed entirely through loyal territory, was called upon to m >et the indis pensable requirement. This itdidpromptly, by securing. and thoroughly repairing, Northeru CMnl Railway, which canned i with its main road and other important lines, and thus completed a railroad system radiating throughout all the loyal States. No sooner was this accomplished, an 1 the system made effective by the exertion* of Pennsylvania Railroad officers and the utili zation of Pennsylvania Railroad motive power and rolling stock, than the managers of tlit- Baltimore and Ohio commenced a sys tem of hostility towanl It, which has been persisted iu with but little Interruption or abatement. They refused to sell tickets ovfr any of the Pennsylvania lines to any station. They refused to permit baggage to be checked from any point on the Pennsylvania lines over their forty miles of road forming the connection to Washington, i'rom Maine to California protests were heard against their illiberaiity and selfishness, but they smiled in derision ami p<>cketed their gains. I>uring the darkest periods of the war fully nine tenths of the men and material required and received by the Government from the west and north were carried over the lines of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company to Balti. more, and from that city readied the Capital over the forty miles of road owned by the Baltimore and Ohio Company; but the lat ter still domineered with its petty monopoly, and refused the simplest courtesies to tfre railroad system which was enriching it almost beyond precedent. As an instance of the spirit animating this monopoly at that time, it may be stated that while ail other railroads in the United States accepted the terms proposed by the Government for the transportation of troops, viz.. two cents per mile, the Baltimore and Ohio Company always insisted upoD full local rates of fare ' between Baltimore and Washington. HCI.1KF AKKORED THROUGH COMPETITION. This condition of things continued until after the war had ceased. So long as the ex igencies of the country poured a stream of wealth over the forty-mile monopoly, the men who coni.oiled it would make no terms i with any connecting company. New England enterprise took hold of the Philadelphia. Wilmington and Baltimore Road, and ma ie it equal to the de.uands upon it as a national line: but at its southern terminus it was headed off by the monopoly, just as the Penn sylvania lines were. The Northern people,in and out of Congress, had become thoroughly disgusted with this monopoly, a.id now. as the war which had taxed their energies for ! five years was ended, they began to talk se riously about securing proper compr tition to the capital of the nation, and the Pennsyl vania Railroad Company was the instru ment ordained to bring "the needed relief. Failing to secure front the monopoly com mon courtesy aud common fairness, that Company went to work aud had built the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, which gave it an independent outlet In Washington City, and enabled it to connect there with j the i-ailroad system of the South. Having ' only the Baltimore and Ohio monopoly, al most every interest in the I'niied States was ' benefitted by the construction of the new road. It facilitated the trade of Baltimore I City; it relieved Washington travel from delay and annoyance, and it perfected coin- j municatlon lietween the North and South. Since tlie completion of this essential con- ! nection by the Pennsylvania railroad com- i l?any?a connection that vastly facilitates travel to the National Capital fi-oni every portion of the country. North. Ka?t. ami West?the Baltimore and Ohio managers ; have repeatedly entered into arrangement* | w ith the great northern lines for a fair and equitable adjustment ami management of 1 business, but In every instance they have j violated these agreements. Sometimes this has been done in the most arbitrary manuer i by the tyra nnical exercise of powerat their command, but generally it has assumed the j shape of discriminations in favor of certain interests and individuals. When detected in I this, they cither excused it on the plea of business necessity or attempted to gloss it t over by high-sounding platitudes about their duty to the City of Baltimore iluUlhe sinte oi Maryland. An insatiable thirst for popu? i la?ity and a morbid personal vault v have marked the course of the President of that Company, causing him to attitudinize con stantlyasa local oiator and figure-head, and filling him withdrcuiusofamhuion that stop ' at nothing short of the highest official po%f- ? Hon in the gift of the American people. The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, with its great connecting tunnels under the Mouu- ' mental City, cost nearly *s.000.n(*>, and its construction ha\ itig l>een forced bv the illib eral policy of the Baliimorc and Ohio Rail- ! road Company, it was imperative that the 1 new and vastly superior line to Washington City should be used in the interest of the public as well as its owners. The Philadel- i phia. Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company, owning a very Important link ill J the through route betweeu Vork and the National Capital, having suffered from the Baltimore ainlOMo monoply in the past, agreed tOiUtt trough traffic south of Balti more by way of this tunnel, and arrange ments to this eflect were perfected and put in operation by the coincides In interest. The Raltimoreand Ohio management then saw that their monopoly of Washington and Southern business was destroyed, and were ready to add another to a long list or arrange ments by which they were to be benefitted through the kindness and courtesy Qi ? rival and the Pennsylvania managers ftmsented to give them two of the four tlirough trains be tweeen New York aud Washington, extend ing to such trains every transit and terminal facility enjoyed by the trains continued over their own roads, on the sole and simple condition that the Baltimore and O do should, as they proposed, deal fairly iu relation to all competitive business. In this arrangement of dividing Washington trains, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company yielded to their rival two that were estate j listed, and undertook to place upon the route ' anew train, which should hav? no al*1*-. tage. except such as could be cr'Vte.1 hv ! offering increased aecomiut^'iions to thi menf'w.^i10 *1 * harmoniously, but It was *>on ? ! .,eml that tbe Baltimore and Ohio?-as playing their old game of discrimination i m favor of certain interests and individuals ? and the figure-head who, when the arra.ig- / ment was perfected, had been abroad, seize 1 with his oratorical mania, mounted the ne trum and poured forth floods or platitude* o ? the railway traffic or the country in . hope of creating a tidal wav-eorixtDUl -T,v' that would carry him to the dazzlii y nacle or bis ambition. A Pi ti lt was only natural that the m the Pennsylvania Railroad com' wagers or demur at these new exhibit!* j*uy shot Id raitii by their old com pet it jOs of viola .ed were the tavorlag part I e ?**. and as tliey ment. they visited the ^ In the arran re ception upon the part' merited fruits ot un called forth PresW / lavored This action ,4U Garrett's manifesto anl Fiv'-Vm ?cott<? rrp'v The l?*uenow tten.g .Kilned and the .-ant stated. the public will doubtless await the result of the conte-t with considerable interest. Rrvoi-Kt wnr tiie ptniraYiviA railroad The positions unit power of the contestant* N questions worthy ol consideration, and as they msry not becorrerijjr under* too I it is well briefly to state them.' The Penn sylvania Railroad company n\rm>, operates. ?>r controls r..:*S3 miles oi roadwav. or abontl per cent, of the total mileage of raiinw U in the I'lntod Ktates. Thi* mileage repre 1 sents a capital of V-:i?.:A.7.??75. Tiie.lin-.-t lin.^ | of tlu company have termini at New York | riula.il lphia. Baltimore. anil Washington i the east.and Krie. Cleveland. Chicago, Ht Louis. Cincinnati. and Louisville in th? w?*t. It has paid regular dividends of 10 r? ; i*nt. U) ll<i ntuckboklcrx (or many yeans, in eluding the two last years of general deprv* hi on. anil was able at the commencement o, the pn-sent year to anticipate, bv thn months, the payment at par. principal anl interest, of its m-coi.i1 mortgage bonds mi turing in 1KT5. In addition to its widely ex U nited tit Id of operations. reaching ail the principalcities in ti?e union. its main li.icl (?etween New York and Pittsburgh pa?-se throiitrh pr.>l-al>ly the iii<?i profitable ci-trioo for railroad traffic on the continent. Its con struction is second to none far excellence and permanency; its equipment is full nn.l r un plete. and it* terminal facilities areas per feet for the eeonomii-al anil prompt transac tion of hu*ines.? as they could well be ma le Pn?l>ahly no American rai'roa lever |?a *e-l through as ?.?arehii.it an onleal as the Prim sylvania whs suhje. i?ii in the siimme. <?[ tsTI. when a commute*. of stockholder- \v i - appointed mii.I . nif>>were 1 to examine full\ I and thoroughly into itscoiulition.tiuaiuM.illy ami materially, past. present and pro^pe, live. As tliereMtlt of that investigation. Oh ( ommittee n>port"d that the total aswets ot the Company, redu.-ed to their uiinimnm value. \\as>i,s.^7 1 and tlie bind.*.! J.*li and vapital stock were #1 IS..itia.Hjii. lew In- a surplus to the credit of the Compaiiv?t KE.SOCRCKSOP THE RAI.TIMORE AXD Onto I The Baitmion and Ohio Kal'.nta I controls aecording to the iw**t information ttiat can be obtained. 9.r>w miles of roadway, of whieh niilcv are in the suite o( Mainland I has terminal facilities at Baltimore. Wash ington, Pittsburgh an<l Chicago?the line connecting witli the last-named city having h?-en completed last Autumn. It pay* rex ular dividends of 10 per cent., but pays thi only on a capital sto<-k of *l?.,71t,ioa?all it surplus over the ordinal capital of thi-1 amount being carried as a fund invested in improvements, rolling stock, iu-w works and connections. aggregating according to tlie last rei>ort,-rj.lH.loa. If the svM-tn of I account* of tiie Baltimore and Ohio Rallita I were the same a- the New York Central, for I Instance, its statement for I?74 would hi indebtedness. Mii4ll.l:n; net earnings. (CH.'.-ty?anexiiibit by no means as favorable I as that of the Pennsylvania Railroad Com pany. A writer in a New York paper, in I commenting upon ml< account, savsAs I compared wlui the New York Central. o> any other of the great trunk lines, the pod- I tion of the stockholdi r of the Baltimore and I Ohio is simply this: that while a stockholder in tlie fonner claims not only dividends upon I his original investment, hut also on the in vestment of his earnings, the stockholder o: I the latter is content with a good regulardiv- I itlend. An original stockholder of the New York Central or Pennsylvania Road has re- I ceived more money from his investment than an original stockholder in the Haiti- I more and Ohio." in further exemplification of tin financial policy of tlie Baltimore and Ohio Railroal Company, and as exhibiting a fitting i'on- I trast with that of the Pennsylvania Rail- I road Company in it-s dealings with its stork- I holders, the annexed extracts from the laM report made by President Thomson have I peculiai significance: '-The Baltimore an l Ohio Railroad Company, from the necssitv of applying their whole net revenues to the construction of their railway, and not from choice, pursued for many years a ? ? ? I conservative policy, having' paid the share- I holders of its main line diviuends averaging on]j- three-tenths of one per cent per annum. I or in tlie aggregate only amounting to six per cent for tne first 20 years of it? existence- I an amount just equal to the payments by I this Company iu dividends during the tir>! I year of its organization ?For tne following six years the B iltim >ie I and fHiio Railroal Company paid to the I shareholders ot its main liuc divide.uU I averaging ^ ?f one per ceut p<" annum amounting in Uic aggregate to hut 4 * per I ci>nt for the entire 00110"! of six years, while I the shareholders or the Pennsylvania Rill mad Company received for the same j?ei-ioi I 36 per cent from the profits of the line, and on I the completion of the railroad to Pittub-irj; witii a single track, there was left from the I net profits of the railroal tifttf.-tll.tl, which ] amount, under the provisions of its charter. I was creilited to tlie cost of construction, thus jl reducing to that extent the capital of the I Company. From no;*, when your line was 1 0|ien?d ;? Plttshurgh. up to lsT3?twenty I years?the dividends of tlie Peansylvau'a 1 Railroad t otniMtny have averagisl < :t-ln pei I e? nt |ter anniim. tlie total dividends of the I Company troin its organization to the 1st o! I January of this vear having heen .Ml per ;H I cent." THE BAT-TIMORE Axn onto reserve rrsn . ? Tlie assi-ts composing the 'toasted reserve I fund of the Baltimore and Ohio are not al- I I togetherof the most substantial and satis- J I factory character. For instance, anntng tue*e assets are liabilities of tlie Parkersburg jl Hranch n>a.l. a^t;regaling, according to the 1 I last repr>rtot the Company, *7.U4.s?,7. ;T.wiiile 1 I the same rej*>rt shows that the branch was J oju rated. during tne year covered by the n-- J port. at a loss of $uo,isi>.<15. and showed a net falling ofl from the business of ls7.S of I iV>.7ii. In these same assets are included stock of the Washington Branch to tlie amount of *1.0-/7,800, while that branch showed a de crease of earnings irom 1?73 ol ?? aud from is7.' of -I'i7.:ut7.i. This Wasi, ngtou Branch stock may be good, but as it ?aum>t be hypothecated without carrying with it th^ control of tiie road, it may justly be classed as unavailable assets in an emergency. The Pittsburgh, Washington and Balt;moi-e Rail road. -in which. according to Vernon's Manual, -the Baltimore and Ohio are large ly u?t?rested. " contributes tothe<.e assets, in Oouds. ?v'4s.i>;.1 >,and wstb operated at an annual loss, luring the last fiscal year of which a return is at hand, of ?O),127It w?uld piobahlv be b .?h unnecessary and un kind to pursue an analv/ation 01 tliis vaunt isl reserve fuud any turthe;. Even this hasty glance is hot calculated to impress the pu ? Iic very favorably with the financiering poli cy of the autocrat of tlie Baltimore and <_?hio. and were all the items composing It subjected to the test of investigation as to basis and 1 cash value, the result would undoubtedly be a reduction in aggregate that would surprise many-who have been satisfied to accept the stereotyped reports, which explain nothing, as all-sufficient. ?So far as local traffic goes, the Baltimore aim Ohio Railroad Companv is far Itehind its fereat tompetitor. West of Cumberland, its three brandies?the main stem to Wheeling, the branch to Parkersburg, and theCounells ville line to Pittsburgh?pass through a com- 1 paratively wild and unproductive country, destitute of large towns, limited in filia tion. containing few manufacturing indus tries. and poor in mineral resources. These lines are only single track roads, anl cannot in any sense be considered up to the standard yf first-class American railways. One of tlie charges persistently made by jhe Baltimore and Ohio management against the Pennsylvania Railroad is, that a is a monop oly, using its great power to oppress the pub lic by extorting high rates for traffic and travel. To this charge, which comes with singular ill grace from a corporation liaving such a well-known history as Its competitor and assailant, tiie official figures, accessible to all, are the best answer. Iu tb? last report of J. Edgar Thomson, the President of th Pennsylvania Railroad Compsny. submittal to the stockholders a few mo. ths before he died,he says: "One of the com pi. Ints again*; mil way Cftnipanies by the advocates of cheap lr*r.*port#tion U that the railway capita! o: t he country has been 'watered, that la, In creased by iwueol scares not reprewnted by any expenditure* upon their railways. Tuis does not apply 10 the autttiR'.^tratlo.i of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, on tlie contrary a very large amount of its net reve nues have been applied to construction ac count. Notwithstanding the heavy c!iarg*?> t'aat have been made from net ""'"^ue from <ime to time to expense account, the cost of transporting fi-eight, by reason of the in creased quantity now moved and the Im provements ms-de in the railway and rollLig stock of the oornpany. has been reduced from one and eight hundred and seventy thou sandths cents per ton per mile in 1*>4. to eight hundred and Aflyseven thousandths or a rent in 1S73, fnan which it will be perceived that the cost of movement In 1*64 was lis per cant, greater than it was in 1873. TV wM* bnxfit 0/ thit rtrturttrm hat Oeen ffitmn to the jmmIc In redutnd rates upon transportation, which have likewise fallen from an average charge in lVH c( two w*U lorty-iix hundredUi MoU per ton i*t mile to on* and torty-unt hundredths In IKM." The nn?! peenha i>hasr of ui? contest u the riiini m*tf and insisted ufsv. ?>jr lb? Baltim-'rr at loho management tMal tl.cj ?hall be allowed th*- ut?>batructed oar on Ihrtr own It*r*i?. of uv line of fw?ylY>tli Railroad hi'wcMi Philadelphia and W* York as well a* of llw terminal tecllltiei nwiif<l ami lo a grea- fiiwi milal tiler- bj ?b* Pni?T|v?iw K*i!r>*d Company. Thrj d? mand thai N>? York shall he c m?ulfri*1 a? the terminus of their nad ftltn-Mtgh tbr) havf not a kwh of tn?<-k within l*? mila .?( tl.at city. aiKl never e?mlrlhuial a dollar. ha any kh?p', toward th* butVllni a riwtvay U it or tn wvmeni of any fa.'Hiilprovided Uwp M i en H.< IVn'nsv Ivanla It itlmad Company found that l(* fur. lit if* regutrrd a* outlet at New York H brtneafly a.-iiilreri atnl paid for li. an t II ha? expended millions In impn.vlriK whsi it flr?l secure! If Utf ok! adage. "that a man iin .lo what lie wi'l wttli hl?o*ii." Is Worth ?nyU)in|. It would ami that this company i? under ih> oblKatloi human 01 <r.v .???? :>>ho?tow r . ?? advantage* upon a rival, when thai rival was nevei Itfown to ntipniratf a ftnur exoepi uiidn compulsion. nor extend a court "ay except from nw^w 11 y ? THE PVBLIC ?-*KF WHIl.lt THE IT All l< w aokh In tin* contest between railm* t it i? important for the public to know Mi it. n*i matter how Ion* It may continue or uou liotly it may he waged, their Interests orom vei.ience cannot suffer. Tim- PononrlnMH Railroad Company Is not. at any point. tie PWKlWil upon I he Its It i more ami (hto i.m ?rllitie* iv rannfcttaM. It* line* ?vmneet us lms already lw?er shown, with Washing tou City and all point* In the Hoath, and ti>4e connection I*. In all respects *upm?w t^ the n?utr owned an.i hy It* rival Tne* also connect N' 'v \ ork. hy wav of Phtladef phla. with everv portion of th. West. and passenger-o\ e|-these ll>?es can r ?ach New Orleans Galveston, ??r anv other H^nith Western city. a*, expeditiously an>1 c.wn??wt ably a* If mi rival attempted to h|.?*k their way. so t?erlect if trtesystem under n?c con trol oftli P.iinsylvnula R-xllwvwt iv?mp.u?y, an<l so careful has it* manageaM'tu hvn i?<?t to iiioouveolcm-c or ??mt>arra*s the traveling public in Uh di?hte?.t decn?e. while coin bal ing the a -grt'* Ions Mai had faith of Its an tagonhd. tnat they I ave placet on sale. ai all prliici|?nl Kasiern o?e*a. ticket* to tlx West. by wav <>! lt tltiinore and Wa?hln|r ton. over their own linea, at regular llimiifli ral?*. for lite n>-coruinflation of Ui.me wlmw inclination 01 ba*!na? l"a?la tli?n to vi?ll those cities The arraneetnent* for freight trahsfxtriatl >u are <><joaJly perfe> t. extend ins to Kult more, when* the Sorlti.Tti Cen lial Kai1?':iy I* Increasinc i* tennnial ta<*ili lles at li'"av> ? ? ilnt>- giv ing the biistnew of that citv aee?nnmo.|jii'mi* e?|iial to !li? larK'-Kt p?^ilik demanda i . tra-b*. relievinj tluit trrnle from many exact ionv an t tin .uen tionai.ly IWMiefltlng a l*rice portion ol the local iritlle of Maryland and Virginia. *?>- irwing It from exee*>iiv? rt.aitts ma.ie hy the RuiMmore and tKiio. A* the Pennsylvania ItailroMd t'ompany now lias connect ion* lo Frc lerick. ll?f?! ?t<iW!i, and t'uiutH ilan.l. in Maryland; to Martins burr and Wlwliiif. In Wi*l Ylrrlnia. and t<i C'onnelUville, in Pennsylvania ini|?>rtaiii local point* wlii?-b, nntil recently liaveheea nialer the conirol ol the Baltimore and * Kilo mono|?>ly -;t v ill ?:i\e to thes?- <i>iiiinunltie? miMMial.t" rates .hi all 'rarttc If the ;?svj.ic ol liie Slates indieaiud will ittve UiU sni.iect ol l.H-al ratea the attention it deaenma. and, M iimnote tlteir oa-ti InlerMta, w.ll that al on*.liens l<K-alitie> m ttie line of ti?-? Balti more :in<l t'hio Kailroa I. east ol the iMilr River, ar< s<-i ve?tan reasonable and e.|intahb terms, an exartlnc inono|<nly will b lorrv-ei itroken i p. ami a haniftity cor|?orall<Mi. whicti nowehaifeaiis mueb lor traiiMHtrtinKa t?acol eofleeor a ln???!iea l of sucar from Bill!more to Ft*UrTi< k as ii .io<-? irom (?tim we tr. t'liieajto or Ht. Ixinla. a'ill be oanpeiied tn deal Justly and fairly with many couuntini tion ov? r wtiicii it has ion* lyrannlr.ed. It i? a fact, en si I y subs i anii atod hy Indisputahli evMencr. ti.at the l?ical tarln of tti?' Balti more and tihio >? inticti luchei Uiau that ol any otli.-i similarly situaieil raiir.Md In America, an l it i- time for the people de |K*ndent ii|s.n 'v .ncs to take such action a? will secure a prop>-r care of. and oonnidera tiou tor. 11. 11 :nt. iis a ?>NiKummatiun at which the puh'.ie will heartily re>?iee. Let the iiattle. then ko on until ttia j^ople an' satisfied and s.miik1 cotniiion wen?e pre vails in the ina;iait<'iiient of all crent rail wav?. at the Uittoinitf which must alwaya (h* Yihiii.I n-as.matfie and fair protection to local Uade.-.Ve' I'mi TVitnw, rWi. M, l?T5. The Wak of Rtrn at the Navai. At Abr.Mr.-4 or?*spondenceof the Baltimore l?ajters from AimaiM?Iis says. During till* week Mr. Gordon Claude, of AnuapolU. a young man of moat excelleut mind and ol tine Nocial standing, no^ a ca<let engineer, was ojttere?l to fence with U?e colored mid shipman nt the Naval Academy. and r?'fua ingtodo so has lieen expellad. He wm at first r?guested u> resign He would not do that, though he disliked to obey orders. The dismissal of t??etwo cadet midshipmen. Mel ton. of South Carolina, and Horn, of Geor gia. has brought out two stories of the occur rences that leu to the expulsions The flr*t was. in effect, that a ?now' ball thrown in a ?quad of midshipmen struck the colored cadet, whereupon he proceeded to eurae the whole platoon. The next day he was caught iu an oliwure (art of the giounda by Melton anu Hood and severely beaten. On Sunday evening, when the students were going in tn supper the colored NiidMliipin.au was tu Mel ton s wav. standing in the drfor Melton told him to get oat of the way, whereupon the other said he was as good aa he was. lor be (Melton) wax appointed by a colored man, and he was *ent there by a white one. To this Melton replied with sundry oaths, ami the affair there for the time ended. The next morning Mcllou ami Hood cauie u|K>? ui? colored lioy near the battery, ami Mellou proceeded to assault and beat him. Hood lending a hand. Melton alleging he would not have struck him only iie knew the negro would i>e Itellevcd.andhewas to be diamnwot anyhow Melton i- the son oi an ex-confede rate, and was apiMiinted to the academy by I Congressman Klliott. a colore l man. Fmi.HTFt l. I>IsasT?? AT a ^HcueB ,V V '' a;b? the f-\*Utn<i.// o H nil?KhortI' after 7 o'clock last evening the ??ongr'^s?l|0u of Kl Andrew'* chun In m l?<^,nc Greet. comer of City Hall Place, Iv'PtT York city, were assembled al evei .nt ve?p?'rs Th< church was well Oiled, th< congregation loi the must |tsrt consisting of women andehlldran. Adjoining the church are Uie bare walls ol Shaw s crockery store, which was burnt a few days ago. Ttie iiigh wind which prevailed with the heavy rain storm battered against these unsupported walls, and altout ?o'clock the west wall gave way. anu went crashing through the church root, over which it topped, falling on the east gallery, which at the time was crowded With people, killing aoMe and wounding others, fortunately the gallery withstood the shock, otherwise the loss of life would have ??een much greater. A panic seizeJ the eongregation, and a rush was made for the door". A squad of |*>!ice and the firemen from the Chambers street station were on tlie spot quickly, and rr-tderad valuable as slstance in reinoxing the dead and dying l'mni iiiKlerneath the labrlc. The ambulance" from the Park hospital and stretchers from the north police stations were hurried to the scene, and the injured were taken to the Park hospital, while the dead were either taken to their homes or conveyed to ttie inorgue. The killed number *'x? Oiree men and three wo men- aial tire wounded thirty or more. ? A Brooklyn Baptist Ci.er'-vv** who Bf.H-sEs - to Takk in Washixo.'?The Rev. I?r. S. H> at' SmiUi. pastor of the I/?e avenm Kaptisr i hurch in Bnx?klyn. who wai shut out of the Long Island association for his heliei in open communion, has worked l ard to build up his < hurch, and among the substantial improvemenU heh*?a cjnaiorta blebaptistry. A throng of applicants hare come to him to be baptised. Many of theae t>elong to close communion ciiurcfres an-l will uot Join Hyatt .SmiUi's church, altuongh they desire to l?e immersed by him At bis latefct baptism services he said that he should refuse to baptise any more, and added " ?*here i^rwms fc%ve come to ua iu food faith, and an examination has shown U?~t thev were truly peultont and desired to part from their past errors, 1 have racelma ana haptitert them whether they then . onneiOed themselves with this church or not. But when thev have come to u? asking us to bap tize them that they might connect them selves with other Baptist churches there after. i have refused to do It; for the L^eaee nue church has not yet descended quite so low ait to take in washing."?A". >' ?aa, A CASE OF EXTREME RRtTALITT tO ? child was before an alderman In Philadelphia Thursday, the defendants, man and h? inc lield in bail to answer. Tlte Vte tim is Maiy Keating, aged sie years, whom h femlant* adopted some months ^go oat of a Catholic institution. A KbjM tenehei notlceii that the child's bea< was bandaged with a ribbon, through which blood waa working its way. Citing the little girt Wv her. the leacbe^ Examined her head and found U??rt w?te three cut* upoi. A fur tiiet examlnatior revealed the thct poor little one muat have been mn?t brntelly fhnatlsed as her body and arms w^*mp?_ biuised and mangled. Mary ***'*' *l M Lrt-armg that the IVeshS* won.su wIki struck wM6 a baali^ A oth? wound, she by?? woman butting her head against the wait. AH F-bcaeeo LywATic Kaiw t vfi imh# McClure, UHTty ( hossisg?jane McClure. 5fc*S5?L5SSrfcoL^r5 of New Wednesday lunatic asylum on Mxyiay New York central and Hudson river road. _______ 0TA led ire of ni-kel?' H bjllevel u? bare in Nsys eon j Oat