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' # \ file furtm V?. 55-N?. 8.435. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY. APRIL 17. 1880. TWO CENTS. THE EVENING STAR. PUBLISHED MAILT, Excppt Swxlaj, AT THE STAB BUILDINGS, PenigyWaBia Aver tie, Corner lltb Street, by Tie Evening Star Newspaper Company. GEORGE IT. ADAMS, JVet'f. Tpi Evening Star is served to fnibecrlbew in the nty by carriers, on their own account, at 10 cent* per wefk, or 4* (tBUj^r ruonth. Copies at the counter. 4 cents each. By mail?posture prepaid? 6*' wnt* a month one rear. ^6; mx months, ?3. I Entered at the Port Mfflre at Washington, D. 0 ? as second class mail matter 1 The Wf.fsly Star?published on Friday?S3 ? Tear, lostwe prepaid. Six months, $1; 10 copies lor |16. 'mi copies for $20. Iw All mail subscriptions must be raid in adVance ; bo paper sent lonver than bo paii for. Rate* of advertisinv made known on application. INDEX TO ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE STAR. AmmifENTN?8th pave. Armos Sales?5th i we. Boarding?4th raire. B<?c.K9, Ac. ?7;h pa?WBoots and Shoes?3d pave. Bcsinkss Chavces?4th pave. Citt Jtkmv?>-'th rave. Coai. a no Wood- 4. h pavDeaths?5th pave. Dry focw 1st pave. EnrcanON? 4tL pave. firri>lO!i?-5,l pave. Family Supplies?3d pa?re. For Rent and Sale?4th pave. Fob Sale (Miscellaneous)?4th pave. IIorsKKrasisHiKGs??'.th pave. Ladikh Goods?1st pave, Lucmw-Mb pave. List or Lfrraiw?2d page. r Medical, Ac?6tb pave. Miscellaneous?6th and 7th pages 1'awnbrokers 6th pain-. Personal?4tli pave. Pboeishional?4th pave. Proposals?6th pave. Pianos and Organs?4th pave. Railboadb? 3d pave. Religious Notices?1st pave. Sprclal Notices?1st pave. Stilamers, Ac.? 3d pave. The Trades?4th pave. Undertakers, Ac.?5th pave Wants?4th pave. DRY GOODS. ^nSClAJL BAIUiAl.WS. DBY GOODS VERY CHEAP. WLHSS SILKS! SILKS! BEAUTIFUL SPRING DRESS GOODS. Htrii^d Silks, 50c. Navy Bine Silk, Dark Green Silk, Cardinal Red Silk and other colors, only 55c.; worth 41. Colored and Black Cashmeres, pure wool, 25c. Excellent Black Silk?'. 75 and H7c. One huu?lred (lOO) pieces Madras Ginvhams, n<w and choice stj lee, 10. 12 and 15c. Excellent quality Calico, 6>jc. is'a ok Cashmeres, pure wool, wide doublewidth, 37c. SILKS' SILKS! SILKS' Onrfl, 41.25 and 41.50 Black Silks are Special Bargains. Lace for Curtains, 12c. to$l. CAKTLK S, 711 Market Space. Pnre Linen Figured Lawns, 15c. Beantifnl French Lawns. Beantifnl Pacific Lawns, 10c. Shetland SljawIs. all colors, SI. Very fine quality, pure wool, wide double-width Black Cashmeres, 60c. to 41. Black Tamise. Black Silk Warp Hen'' rietta. Black Burtinv, 15 to 75c. Lace Grenadines, all colors. Black Cashmere Shawls, pure wool, 4LS7 tii 45. Pure Linen Table Damask, 50c., (si>ecial barirain ) Colored and Bia>-k Silk Velvets. Colored and Black Satins. One hundred (100) pieces Uautiful Wool Dress Goods, sprinv shades, only 16c. CARTER'S. ?r!2 711 Market Space. CPKI?? A.\I> SIMMER DRESS O UOODS. We have Jnst opened a splendia line of French DKE8S GOODS, comvnsin?ra full assort merit of Fancy and Black SILK J, Black and Colored Silk GRENADINES, Black Hilk Hernaais, Ponvees, Seersuckers. Shooda Cloths, Mummy Cloths, Lace Bnntinifs. Linen Lawns, Madras Ginvhams, India Mulls and French Nainsooks, all vrades. An inspection of our stock is solicited. BOOE BROTHER * CO., ap 10 13HS E st. w tf., near Ebbitt House. gLACH ?.OODS. ~ We have in s+ock everythinv to be worn durinv the season, from the beet manufacturers, at cloM ITyCt#. New SHOODA CLOTHS, CAMEL'S HAIR CLOTHS, FRENCH DEBKGKS. FRENCH BUNTINGS, BLACK BILKS, PARASOLS AND 8UN UMBRELLA8, KID AND LISIJE GLOVES. TILER Sl CHEWimWCI, (Late Clerks with Perry A Bro.), 'l* MB 7tb atreet n.w. ^IIlltTS THAT WILL GIVE SATISFACTION. The ' Vrown Diamond" Shirt, only 50 oenta. The "Senate" Improved Blurt, 65 cents. The rMystery"Snirt,made of the very best muslin and twenty-one hundred linen only 75 cents. The "Reception" Sh.rt, made of the bkk moalin ard extra fine linen, 75 cents. Boys' shirts, af the be?t mualin and twenty-one hundred linen. 60 cents. At MEUUIIIISS', rcarr.) looa F atreet n.w. HURTS ! SHIRTS S SHIRTS I S DRES8 SHIRTSTO ORDER $12.00 5 .. W 60 6 (nX)D 9 (X) FINISHED AND UNFINISHED READY-MADE SHIRTS. FOVKLTIES IN NECKWEAR AND HOSIERY ' JUST RECEIVED. MEN'S FURNISHINGS. THOMPSON'S Shirt Factory. E. MAUCK. Proprietor mar 3 SIS W *t. n.w.. opp. Patent oflloe. U H 1 R T S IJ SHIRTS. SHIRTS, TO ORDER. TO ORDER. TO ORDER. 8 ELEGANT SHIRTS FOR *fl Ob 6 FINE SHIRTS FOR ? 7^ ? SUPERIOR SHIRTS FOR 9 00 Buy the EUREKA REINFORCED, the beet 01 SHIRT In the city. For sale at VrBREriL BRO.'S, 1119 IF Btrert nortHxcest. SUMMER IIE8QRT8. 1?OR RENT IN OAKLAND. MD , Two furnished COTTAGES, contain nv* A nine aiid thirteen r.X)Ms?the latter with hot and cold water in kiti hen and bath- H"? rooms, very desirably located, overlookinv toe town, and convenient to the Depots, Hotels. rrph&R*ffe gEAsen or isso. ' bbiqht house, a. .a BEHOBOTH BEACH, DEL-. 9M| WU1 open MAY 20th, 1880. IfijEi Terms reasonable. Send for circular. febag-Bm WALTER BURTON. Proprietor. * PAI?T,.KS ABOIT BITLniXU ormakin* ilter*li?n?ia their plumbinvshould call at the UJ .lr8i*ned. where can be seen, mitli mater mttAcbed, the HELLTEK WAT EE-CLOSETS* ^ Made by HENRY C MEYER Jk Oo , of New York, the,well-known manufacturers of Fine Plumbing Materials. HAIWAKU JL IMTCHUfSOX, #th street u.w.. Washinvton, D O. N.B.?We carry in stock H C MEYER A GO 'S voaranteed silver plated vods. and their other pedaiee*, includinv the ''FULLER-MEYER P\t rAt rrrs." 'InjHERTV'S SELE CLOSIS.J Cocks." and Ml RDQC'K Hydkaxts." mar!3-w,s.6w, 1st p HAVE REMOVED TO ,m HEW YOltH AVEaiCE, 4XEAR 15th STREET.) Havitv a lanre st <-k of J'IXE GAS t'lXTl'HES, I*L i .V A/.V( 1 and BEAT1SG MATERIALS, Bonvht at ranch lower than present prices. We Shall Ofeeb LIBERAL INDUCEMENTS To thow about to b-iild or make other improve, uients. | 0EOWARO CAVERLY 9t CO. KESTUCKY TROTTING STALLION ' ?Season 1W0. Marder* C'hief, by Clark Chief, . Ak fr. of Munbmi Chief: Him thoronvh-Mmmi by Star Davis, be by GioQCoe, time." 9 39. AtfdrmO., SterOflJoe. ap3 1m? SPECIAL NOTICES. r^sr- FOUNDRY M. E CHURCH, 14th ft^te sts.?To-morrow, liev. Dr. Lanahan, paitor. at 11 a.m. Evening service before H. t*S&? NEW JERUSALEM TEMPLE. Nirtb Irw Capitol St., near B.-Seat* all free. Servicj at 11 a.m. Text To-morrow "Love Your Ene m.fB," Matt. 5; 44. riar Y. M. C. A. CHAPEL, 9th ami D sts ft~W Bible Reading To-morrow. 3 30 p.m. Gospel service in the Arlington Theater at 8 p.m. Yonng men specially inv ited. ttnivf.rsat.iht church, Rev. ale*. ftTw^ Kent. pastor.?Services at Tallmadtre H*J1 To-morrow at'1 am. Subject: "What Must We Do to be Saved?" Sunday school at a :45 a.m. r*=Sr- CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Vt. ave.. bet. N \rW and O sts.-Rev H 8. Lobingikb. of PhiF adelphia. will preach at 11 o'clock a. m. and 8 o'clock p.p>. Seats free. Friends and stranger all very welcome. f=>~ THE FREE METHODIST holds their meetings in Kindergarten Hall, cor. 8th a'td K sts. n w. Sabbath School 1H P- m. Meeting for the promotion of holiness at 3 p.m.: also ser%ices at lit. Read -John 16. 19; acts 15. 9. r*S$- ALL SOUL'S' CHURCH, cor. 14th and L l.-^ sts. ?Re v. Clay MacCacley will deliver a memorial discourse on "Dr. Channing. His Place in American Religious History." Vesper services 7 30. Sunday Bcliool 9 45 a.m. ttxhym M. K. CHURCH. 20th st. near Pa. IrSr ave., Rev. J. C. Ha?*?y, pastor.?Subjeet at 1 11 a. ni. To-morrow "Modern Unbelief " at 7:30 ' p.m "The Reproach 4 p.m.Sunday School Revival service. Seats free. Ad invited- , |r*ZSs* HAML1NE M. E. CHURCH, cor. fth and i ft^W Psts. n. w.? Preaching To-morrow at 11 o'clock a.m. by I)r. Bear, pastor of the Metronolitan M. E. Church, and at 7 30 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. Gboss. The public i? cordially invited. MT. VERNON PLACE M. E. CHURCH j 1-W South, cor. 9th and K sts.n.w?I'reachingToI morrow at 11 o'clock a. m. and 8 o'clock p.m. by Rev. W. P. Harrison. D. D. Lectnre at night: I "The New Heaven and New Earth." Public in* i vited r'^~ REFORMED CHl'RCH, Sovereign hall, 1 ft-*F 510 11th St. n.w.? Mr. C. F. 8ontag, from 1 the Reformed Seminary at Lancaster, will preach i cii Sunday morning and evening. All members and frier,de are earnestly invited to be present. , i St rauyerS welcome. j rist" ST. PAUL'S ENGLISH LUTHERAN ft~V CHl'ROH. cor. 11th and H sts. n.w., Rev. Dr. Domes, pastor. To-morrow (Sunday), at 11 i a id. "Memorial Words" by the pastor on the life and death of Brother John F. Mankin. Also spe* ] rial Sunday school services at 'J :30 a m., inmeuii ory of Brother Mankin, late teacher in school. , !T*9- BISHOP LATAN WILL l'REAOH Morning and t\eii!ny to the Reformed Episcopalians, chapel of the Y. M. C- A.,9th and D sts. ] At the 11 a.m. service the Rev. Akthi-r Kostku , will t>e installed as rector. The Rev. Wm. M. Po>tf.lthwaitf, of Baltimore, will participate in 1 "*lLe^?reiuonie3. Seats free. Strangers welcome. ( rsa? FRtE Tii(TugiitaniVfkkf. speech. 1 Talmadge Kail. Sunday afternoon, April 18, 3o'ck. (question for t ree discussion. "Has C'hristii anity been productive of more wood than evil?" r-Sr- NATIONAL VETERAN CLUB.- An ad-' .journed meeting of the Club, to i>erfeot its organization, will be heM at (irand Army Hall, i corner i?th and D sts., TUESDAY EVENING, April , 20th, at 7 o'clock sharp. A full attendance is earnestly requested.^ Q p BURNSIDE> Pre9i(lent. ( H. D- NORTON, Rec. Sec'y. ap!7 2t , MASONIC.-The olhc-rs and members of ) ft"w LAFAYETTE R. A. CHAPTER. No. 5, are ( herebv notified that a Special Convocation will be : held at Masonic Temple THIS (Saturday) E\ ENING, at ^ 30 o'clock. Companions of Bister i chapters are fraternally invited to attend. , I By order of the M. E. H. P, ' It RICHARD J. BLAkELOCK. gcc'y. | I r "St- MASONIC?A social Commnnication of V'V' LAFAYETTE LODGE, No 19. F. A. A. M.. will be held at Masonic Temp e on SUNDAY, 18th inst., at 2 o'clock p.m.. for the purpose of attend- i i my the fimeral of our deceased brother, L. F- i I Bfllf.keii LLE. Meml>ers are earnestly requested to attend. Brethren of sister lodges are fraternally 1 invited. By order of the W. M. ? , 1 , it RICHARD J. BLAKELOCK. Secy. i ! r~Sr NINETEENTH LEGISLATIVE DISt'W TRICJT. ?The Democratic voters of the above I district are hereby notified to meet at Juenemanu's Hall, on E st., between 4th and 5th sts. n.e , on i next TUESDAY EVENING, the 20th inst.. at I o'l lock, for the purpose of electing three delegates I to the District ConventionJOHN HOGAN. > rommittf* arlT-3t GEORGE JUENEMANN, > CommiU^A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE WEST; FND HIBERNIAN SOCIETY will be held at . their hall, SATURDAY EVENING, April 17,at 7 0 o'clock. Punctual attendance is re<iueeted. By order of the President. ap!6-2t PATRICK LaP.KIN, Secretary. i r*?r- ST. MARY'S CHURCH, 5th st. n w. Thi , ftrw Pastor of this Church, Rkv. Ma thias Ali?, has invited aPrieet of St. Alphonso's Church, Bal. timore, to i reach the Panetryric of St. Joseph in ! St. Mary's Church next 8UNDAY. He is expected i here next Saturday. The 8T. JOSEPH'S SOCI | ETY, 208 men in number, will celebrate the feas next Sunday. The Societies of Sts. Boniface aTtd i Michael are invited. al5-3t* Jjgf NATURAL MINERAL WATERSBethesda. Bedford, Blue Lick, Congress, Deep I Rock, Buffalo, Lithia, Rockbridge Alum, Geyser, j Hathorn, Gettysburg, Friedrickshall, Hunyadi Air^^^?KS-|^AKMACT. febl9 1429 Pennsylvania Avendk. LAJHES* GOODS. MRS, S. J. MESSER, DRESSMAKING. SPRING AND SUMMER STYLES. Afrency for 8. T. Taylor's Patterns, System of Cuttiuir Taught, and Journals of Fashion for sale. : 1213 Pennsylvania ave.. upstairs. apJ-3rn j ^PlJIMi MILLMERl. We have now open and ready for sale r the la rarest and most complete assortment of , STRAW AND CHIP HATS AND BONNETS Ever shown in this city, consisting of ' All i he Latest Parisian, English, Italian, Swiss and American Novelties, Together with an endless variety of all the leading Shaiee in Staple Straw Goods. Our BILK AND FLOWER DEPARTMENTS Are also repleV with everything new and desirable, forming the richest and most elegant display of SILKS, RIBBONS, FLOWERS. Etc., That the home and foreign markets can produce. We have also ready for inspection an extremely J choice selection of FRENCH PATTERN BONNETS. i And are constantly receiving additions to our general stock by evrry Euroj<-an steamer. Our prioes ! will be as low as the siu>erior quality and desura of ! our (roods will wermit of, and we respectfully invite the attention of the ladies of this city and vicinity to inspect our stock before making spring purchases. Personal attention ir?ven to all Millinery orders. J. P. PALMER, IMPORTER, apl 11Q7 F at. n.w. MO.\TA<il'E CCKI.S, if real, are becoming to every face. The most beautiful are made , *lth RAY'S CURLING ELIXIR and HAIR DRESSING, which is the only preparation that will make the hair cur! iMtnrailu and i>erniaiientli/. and keep ! it soft and lustrous. Try a bottle and be convinced. ! All drn?nrists have it, orjret it from the Central Depot, BTOTT & CROMWELL, Drtwists, 480 Pa. avenue. apl-eo 1TOR EASTEK.-ffe have in stock a full line 1 of FRENCH PATTERN BONNETS and ROUND HATS. Also, UNTKIMMEDtiflEa. HATS and BONNETS in every variety, shape and style. r Having made special arrangements with a Parisian house, we shall be able to present constantly to our patrons during tne present season new desitrus in J-TiF.NCH BONNETS. All the latest Novelties 111 Neck Wear. KID GLOVES from 4 to 10 buttons in the new Spring Shades. Special attention riven to orders. MRS. M. J. HUNT, mar27 Wo?. Ml and W'i:t P at. n.w. Dhem?makm?. "* THE MINHES HAMILTON, 1111 F Street. Firat-class work, at moderate prioee. ma!6 3m CPKISU IMPORTATION ~~ 0 OF PATTERN BONNETS AND FINE MILLINERY GOOD8. Lanfmedoc.Point de Rose, Ducbeatw. Chantilly, Spanish and Beaded Laces. New effects in Cashmere and Beaoed Caj-es. An eletcant assortment of Dreas Trimming and Buttons. Corsets, Uuder(rarm?nts, Kid and Thread Gleves, and a beautiful One of Parisian Noveltiee. Silk and Drap d'Ete Dolmans and Mantillas, Jackets. Ulsters. Flannel and Combination Suits. Black Silk Salts, a first* " Pmn>' .v., 7 CiteTrevtse. Paris- maris TTA1WARD * HUTCHIHSOW, 317 Rlnth street* Have added to their line of MANTXL8. and now how HAND-PAINTED WOBKby artista of weUestahlished local reputation; also WOOD MARBLE1 ZING in new and chaste deaifms. FUKNACXS, RANGES and GRATES. TIN ROOFING, *C. Give bsvccial attention to MODERNIZING and VENTILATING badly constructed plumbing in city dwelUnjun. marSl-lstp T ADIES ARE ADVISED TO CALL AT ONCE EJ on the.r Druntst for the A. B- 0- book, all abont Flowers and <Hnarier. ' Costa nothing. It' i TEE EVENING STAR. )IT B LE~S IIE ET. Washington News and Gossip. Gotirkmknt Receipts To-day.?Internal rev- ; enue. $346,919.32; customs, 1651,001.61. The Treasury now holds $362,90S,650 lnlJ. S. bonds to secure national bank circulation; V. s. bonds deposited for circulation, week ended today. $609,000; I", s. bonds he'd for circulation withdrawn, week onded to-day, $l,403.000. A Bannock Interview. ? Commissioner Trowbridge to day had an interview with the Bannock and Shoshone Indians. The Indians expressed a willingness to settle upon lands in severalty, and become farmers as the butialo is fast disappearing from their country. "The Reports About Tii.den" credited by the New York Mail to the New York Worm was stolen bodily from Tiie Star, as is much of the World * Washington news. secretary Evarts returned to the city this morning from New York, whither he had gone to attend the funeral of the late Elliot C. Cowdln as a pall-bearer Personal.?Dr. John Saul Howson, d?an of Chester, England, Is In the city with his daughters. Tbey called on Gen. sherman and the President In company with Senator Baldwin. Senator Randolph is in New York. FxDlstrlct Attorney Wells, who has lately bsen v1slt<ng 1><s daughter In Albany, expects to leave ea>iy next week for a b-ief trip to the sandwich Islands. a. ii. Oakey has been appointed internal revenue collector and storekeeper and ganger lor the 5th dfstrict of Virginia. The Trenton, flagship of the Mediterranean >quadron. sailed April 1st from villefranche for .he east. White House Cai.i.ers.?Senators Baldwin, Piatt, Klrkwood, Allison. Paddock. Maxey, Ferry. Edmunds and Dawes, and Representatives Uuckner, O'Neill, Thompson and Henderson jailed on the 1'resldent to-day. a Meeting of the Senate committee on rai'roads was held to-day for the purpose of considering tl?e Northern Pacific and Texas Pacific railroad bills, but in consequence of the absence 3f rour members from the city .and the illness ar another, only a bare quorum were in attendance and alter a colloquial discussion of the subjects in band, the committee adjourned until Monday without action upon either of th?m. While the Indian Appropriation Bill was under eonsiderat ion by the House of Representatives, in committee of the whole, yesterday, an amendment to strike out the appropriation af $10,000 for the expenses of the Indian commissioners led to a long debate, and was finally rejected. Pending a discussion of the point of arder the committee rose, and the House adjourned. Minister Foster, recently appointed to Russia is in the city. He called on the President to-day to take leave before sailing for his new post of duty. The President approved to day the joint resolution providing for the payment of wages to employes of the Government Printing office an legal holidavs, and the following bills: Making appropriations for acquiring sites and the erection of suitable forts for the protection of the Rio Grande frontier; donating condemned rannon and cannon balls to i'ost 36, g. A. r.. of Muncy, Pa., for monumental purposes: donaIng condemned bronze cannon to the Blair monument association of St. Loul3, Mo. National Bank notes to the amount of s50.000 were received at the Treasury during the week ended to-day. against $2,st)y,ooo the corresponding week of last year. Jefferson's Desk.?The President has invited the following gentlemen to meet him this evening at the Executive mansion for consultation in reference to the formal acceptance of the desk on which Jeffeison wrote the Declaration i of Independence, it having been presented to i the United States by the children of Joseph | Coolldge, of Boston:?Senators Withers, John- i son and Dawes; Representatives Crapo, Tucker i andGoode; Hon. r. c. Wlnthrop. of Missachu- j setts, and secretary Evarts. There \Vere Only Two Bidders for furnish- i ing lard oil for the ensuing year for the use of i the navy. The Manhattan Oil Company of- i fered the oil at 57.44 cents per gallon and n. k. Fairbanks & Co.. of New YorK, at 57.49 cents i per gallon. The contract has been awarded to the former. It will be noticed that there was but five hundredt hs of a cent difference between i the two bids. The amount of oil required Is 3,000 gallons, and there Is but $1.40 difference i for the whole contract betwee the two offers. j Army Orders.?Second Lieut. Farron, 81 tt i infantry, Is ordered to San Francisco to give i testimony before a court of Inquiry. Two hundred recruits have been ordered west to reir- i force the 1st and 6th cavalry and the sth and i 12th infantry. The board of array officers which j has been in session at Fort Ripley. Minn., in i connection with the Fort Ripley reservation, lias been dissolved. a general court martial i lias been ordered to meet at David's Island, n. y.. on the l?th lust. The following is the detail or the court: Lieut. Col. z. k. Bliss. 19th infantrv; Capt. j. t. Haskell. 23d Infantry; Capt. d. ii. Murdock. 6th Infantry; Capt. Win. Conwav. 22d infantry; First l.ieut. Ira (juinby, llfh lufantry; Capt. < has. Porter, sth infantry, judge advocate of the court. | confirmations.?The senate in executive i session yesterday confirmed the followlkg nom- j lnations:?!'. s. consuls?1. s. Potter, of Mas. sachusetts, at crefeld: Win. l. Scruggs, of Georgia. at Canton: j. a. Halderman, of Kansas, at i Bangkok. u. s. District Judge?John w. Barr, of Ixmlsville. for the district of Kentucky. u.s. i Marshal?Matthias c. osborn for the middle i and southern districts of Alabama. Collector j of Cust ains? Beni. Upton, jr.. for the district of i Tappohannock. Virginia. Postmasters?(Jeo.l. j Nichols, at Fergus Falls, Minn.; ii. s. Fletchar. i at Watsonvllle. cal.: Gardner g. White, of Carson City, Nevada. Indian Agents?ceo.w. Lee, i of Michigan.for the Mackenac agency,Michigan: Jacob Kauffmann, of Iowa, for Fort Bartaold agency. Dakota. Also a number of army pro- i motions. i More Indians Comino.?1The Interior department has authorized the sending from the Upper Missouri a large Indian delegation east. These are the Sioux, most of whom have children at j the Carlisle school, Pennsylvania. They ex- i pressed a d?*sire to visit their offspring. After visiting Carlisle these Indians will very likely be allowed to come to Washington. j Before the Exodus committee To-day L. L. Tomkies, of Shreveport, a planter, testified that there was no difficulty In colored people? inen. women and children, getting plenty of I work in that region. It Is to the pecuniary I interest of the whites to treat the negroes welL j He had never seen any intimidation or outrages at the polls. Negroes enjoyed their civil rights 1 In his vlelnltv. The credit system of dotng business undoubtedly affords facilities for dishonest merchants to cheat Ignorant laborers, white I and black. The negro sutTeis more from lm- I providence than from small pay. He stopped I ibe exodus movement in his section by employing on his place a black man who had been to I Kansas. Ills description of that country cured the negroes of their emigration fever. R. T. I Vinson, of shreveport, a planter, had nererseen any interference with the voting of negroes. SECRETARY ScHURZ AND THE YELLOWSTONE Pahk.?secretary Schurz, who has found time, J notwithstanding the multifarious duties of Ills J department, to give some attention to the preservation of the forests on government lands under his charge, is said to be considering plans 1 for the future of the Yellowstone natlofial park, I which are of general Interest. It is proposed, I among other things, to establish there a national preserve, where the large game of North America, now so rapidly becoming extinct, may find refuge. Moose, elk. bear, mountain sheep and deer already abound there, and it is claimed that if hunting is prohibited the park will become a natural resort for game. The surrounding mountains. Impassable except through two or three canons, will make its ultimate preser- I vatloneasy. Mr. Norris, superintendent of the park, who is now In this city, ' as with him the I skin of an immense grizzly killed there last I winter. Applications nave been made at the department to secure the franchise for roads, pel mission to open hotels and hack stations. ?c.. on this reservation. It is probable that ferretnry Hebui/. will include the park In the I tour of Inspection he desires, if possible, to I m&fce during the coming summer. j THE TWO-THIRDS RULE. Its Origin and History. The national democratic convention of is.6 after having nominated a ticket, adopted a resolution, by a very close vote, declaring against the maintenance of the two-thirds rule, and calling upon states to instruct their delegations to the convention of 1S80 as to whether they should vote for the repeal of the rule or not. This will bring the question prominently before the Cincinnati convention, but the indications point clearly to a maintenance of the rule. Since the adjournment of the St. Louis convention the democratic mind seems to have experienced quite a change upon the expediency of this rule. Thl 5 change has been produced by the persistent candidacy of Mr. Tllden. The powerful opposition to him is bent upon maintaining the rule as a means of preventing his nomination. So far this opposition has bren successful, as every state that has chosen its delegation to Cincinnati has instructed against a repeal of the two-thirds rule. Had Tllaen's friends elected to make a distinctive tight for the repeal of the rule, this unanimity in favor of continuing it would not have obtained, perhaps; but they have evidently concluded that It would not be wise for him to put himself In the position of contending for the repeal, as it would warrant the charge that he felt his weakness and dared not trust himself before a convention operating under the old rule. Therefore, the move to retain the rule has not been corabatted, and It Is plain that the convention will be nearly unanimous for Its retention, and that the next democratic p residential ticket must be nominated by a two thirds ma jority. wuv TDK RULE WAS ADOPTED. There is nothing in the history of the democratic party to show why it originally adopted the two-thirds rule, but- the belief Is that It grew out of the provisions in the constitution requiring a two-thirds vote to overcome a veto, a two-thirds vote to expel a member of Congress. or to suspend a rule of tiie House, etc. T!*e supposition is that this suggested the idea of a two-thirds rule to govern a nomination for ITesidcnt and Vice President, as it would evince a decided preference of the party for the nominees and leave no room to question or cavil at the choice of the ticket or charge that it was the result of illicit lntiuences. The rule was adopted by the first national convention ever held by the democrats, and it has been continued in force ever since, in 1S32 the democrats or New Hampshire proposed to their political brethren of the t'nion the holding of a national convention for the nomination of a candidate for vice President. The state conventions had already uniformly declared for General Jackson as the candidate for President and he was unanimously accepted by the party. Therefore it only remained to nominate a candidate for vice President. I p to that time the custom of nominating the national ticket by state conventions had prevailed, lu that year, however, different state conventions declared for different persons for the second place on the ticket and there was danger of the party going into the contest with several different men running upon the ticket with Jackson for the vice presidency. Hence the suggestion of the New Hampshire democrats and it was adopted. THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. The convention assembled In Baltimore on the 21st of June, 1S32. Mr. Sumner, of New Hampshire, in an.opening address, explained why his state bad proposed a convention, and congratulated the party upon being represents by "a greater and more general delegation from the people than was ever before assembled upon an occasion of the sort." The committee on rales reported the following, which was agreed to: Ri-solred, That each state be entitled in the nomination to be made of a candidate for the vice presidency to a number of vot?s equal to the number to wh'eh they will be entiled in the electoral colleges, under the new apportionment, in voting for President and vice President; and that two-thirds of the whole number of the votes in the convention shall be necessary to constitute a choice. THE DISTRICT OF COI-CMBIA DENIED A VOTE. Mr. Van Ness protested against the exclusion qI the District <?t V9lu?bia as to a participation in the nomination. He si^d that delegates had been admitted from slates, which would not, In all probability, give their support to the ticket of the party, and he thought it due to the z?al of the citizens of the District that they should not be excluded. Mr. Laussat explained the groands upon which the rule had been adopted. He admitted the zeal and abilities of the citizens of the District, but could not consent to give up a correct principle because It might appear to operate oppressively In some Instances. The I question was taken and the right of voting re- j fused to the delegates from the District of Columbia?120 for and 153 against the proposition This Is all that can be found upon the subject of the two-thirds rule, in Its inception, and a1 so In regard to the exclusion of delegates from the District from the right to vote. Both rules have slace been maintained in the party. But at the convention in 1*32. after the nomination of Martin Van Buren for vice President had been made by a two-thirds vote and declared, a resolution was adopted giving the District delegates the right to record their votes for Vice President. Sl'BSEVCENT CONVENTIONS. At the next national convention In Baltimore in May. 1S35, Van Buren was nominated for President, and the same resolution in regard to the two thirds rule was adopted. In 1840, Van Buren was unanimously nominated and nothing was said about the two-thirds rule. In ls44, at the convention In Baltimore, a clear majority of the delegates were Instructed to support Van Buren. His friends counted confidently upon his nomination, but his opponents insisted upon the enforcement of the two-thirds rule on the ground of precedent. They said it had prevailed in past conventions and it was the duty of the then sitting convention to act under it The van Buren men Insisted that there was no force or precedent; that each convention was at liberty to adopt rules for itself, some of the delegates who were instructed for van Buren, however, took the view that precedent called for the rule, and by their votes It was again adopted. Van Buren could not get a two-thirds vote, and Polk was tinally nominated. The delegates who. though under instructions, voted for the two-thirds rule, were bit terly assailed and criticised, it being charged that they had taken that method to evade instructions. From that time on the rule has been enforced, each convention tacitly. It would appear, accepting the view that precedent had made the rule one of the fixtures. TlieSecond Place on the Republican Ticket* SIONS OF A BOOM FOR J10GE KEV. Very, lit tie has been said about Vice Presidential candidates on eit her t icket. There has been considerable talk, however, among the friends of one of the members of the Cabinet about the second place on the republican ticket, especially if Grant's Is the first name. The friends of Postmaster General Key are doing a good deal in a quiet way looking to his selection as the vice Presidential candidate. A number of members of Congress have been sounded on the subject Many of them speak decidedly in favor of Judge Key. As Indicated special reference is made by the friends of Judge Key to a ticket of Grant and Key. If Grant Is nominated they think that some southern man should wind up the ticket. They consider Judge Key as the very man that is wanted. He has always been conservative and liberal. His course ever since the war has shown this. Mucn of the liberal sentiment that is characteristic of Tennessee, above all southern states, is due to the influence of Judge Key. In Chattanooga the most liberal in sentiment of any city south of Mason & Dixon's line, the influence of Judge Key to that end has been especially felt It is the wish of the republican party that the solid south should be broken In the next election. Judge Key's friends say that no other man can do as much in that direction as be. Grant and Keywould go right into t he south. It Is claimed that with this ticket Florida Virginia and North Carolina would go republican beyond a doubt; while Louisiana and Tennessee would be in the doubtful column, with the chances in favor of republican success. It Is understood that Gen. Grant has expressed a preference. If he is nominated, to have a man of Judge Key's character and from the south run with him. There has been some questioning among republicans approached by the friends of Judge Key as to his position on the debt question and on states right. They have been shown his record on the former question in his own state and nationally, and called attention to his utterances on the suhiect of states rights since the war. It is Srobable that some steps will be taken to lnuce Judge Key to announce exactly how he stands on these questions. He has not been doing anything himself, but he has some very warm friends w ho are working for him. nrThe untried legislative bribery cases will be tried at Harrl&burg, Pa, April 29. tw~n is bard to please a man who does not wish to be lied about and who cannot bear to have the truth told about him. KVThe Memphis health board denies a report tbat two cases of yellow fever occurred there In March. FORTY-SIXTH CVXGRESS. Saturday, April 17. THE SENATE was not in session to-day. BOI SE.?A bill was passed providing jor the reappointment of the members of the legislatures of the territories of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Joint resolution was passed authorizing the Secretary of War to furnish certain artillery. &c., to the soldiers and sailors' reunion to be held In Columbus, Ohio, in August next. The morning hour was dispensed with, and the House then, at 12:35. went Into commiuee of the whole (Mr. Whltthorne In the chair) on the Indian appropriation bill, the pending question being the point ol order raised by Mr. Haskell against trie amendment offered by Mr. Hooker for the transfer of the Indian bureau from the Interior to the War department. After a short argument by Mr. Hooker in opEosltlon to the point ol order, the Chair devered his decision: That the amendment was germane and that it retrenched expenditures, there was a doubt, but It was clearly obnox'ois to the point of order; that It was In substance identical with several bills now pending before the House. He therefore sustained the point of order, and the amendment was not received. The committee then rose and reported the bill to the House. The House rejected the amendment Increasing the appropriation for clothing for the Sioux from tiso.ooo to $150,ooo, by a vote of yeas a*. nays 104. The amendment abolishing the Indian commission was agreed to?yeas 112, nays 05. The other amendments were agreed to without division, and the bill, as amended, passed? the vote being taken by yeas and nays, as required by the rules. Mr. McMalion, *rom committee on appropriations, reported back the special deticiencv b.ll, with Senate amendments. TIJLDEX'S POSITION. he will not withdraw?he demands demo* critic unity or concedes democratic de" l-'fat in new york?his position in the state (of>yfntion. [Sptciol Dispatch to the E 'eniu'j New York. Apiil 17. Governor Tilden decries again to-day to be interviewed as to his reported withdrawal as a candidate lor the presidency, on the ground thpi if he did so it would take most of his time to correct the reports rega'ding his personal ard political affairs. I have 'earned, however, direct ?rc in those in his confidence?and you may rely upon this as absolutely correct?that he has not decided to withdraw as a candidate. On the contrary, Governor Tilden is making the most earnest, though quiet, political contest of his life to save the democracy of this state for the coming presidential campaign; and however this results personally to himself, he will he satisfied if the state is saved to the demrcratlc party. He believes that if the power of John Kelly and his fact'on (as lie terms It) Is not destroyed this spring, that the state Is lost to the democracy In November, and hopelessly lost thereafter if the full or partial control of its organization is left in the hands of Mr. Kelly. Tills is the precise situation, which Gov. Tilden regards as much higher than a mere personal candidacy. In his opinion. If the legitimate organization and control or the party are not retained and enforced in every election precinct in the state of New York. It Is quite Immaterial whether he or any other democrat be nominated at Cincinnati, for this state could not be carried for him. To surrender to or compromise with Mr. Kelly, Gov. Tilden holds would be as fatal now to the paity in the state as a surrender would have been by the regular state convention to Mr. Kelly's secession convention last fall at Syracuse. When Mr. Kelly and hts following return to the regular organization the question of presidential candidates and the further control of the party machinery in New York may be an open one; but not until then. I give j ou the facts as I And them. Society .'Votes. Apropos of life at the national capital, a correspondent writing from this city to Th- Hour, a new and rather promising weekly candidate for popular favor In New York, very justly says: " people who visit Washington only to see the politicians or to attend fashionable society gatherings oiten go away and descant glibly on its show, superficiality and vanity. But it is doubtful whether any other city of its size contains a larger number of serious and earnest people Si culture. There are many literary circles and clubs here, which combine social pleasure with intellectual satisfaction." What l&r;ni'8 Hall to to the young people of the present day, Jackson Hall used to be. Assemblies similar to those given by the Army and Navy Club or the present day were given there by the committees composed of army and navy officers, two members of Congress from each stale, and prominent residents of Washington. These occurred first over twenty years aco at Jackson Hall, and were continued during mauy winters. Ttiat Hall was the second floor of the present building. It made a line ball room, say those who attended the balls given therein, and there was an excellent room for suppe- in the reai- of the dancing hall. The appropriations committee of the House of Representatives have had made by the Gaits, as a present for the biide of Hon. Heister Clymer, an elegant solid sliver and gold embossed >ce cream service of beautiful design and exquisite workmanship. The present has been suitably Inscribed, and will be forwarded to the bride in a few days. The concluding hop of the season at the Chase Mansion, on Thursday evening, was one of the most charming or the series. Some sixty guests were present, and the number Included many persons prominent in the society of other cities as well as In Washington. In addition to | dancing there was some very delightful music, vocal as well as Instrumental, by Miss Imogen Barbour. Mrs. Glassie and Mrs. Miller: and by no means least in attraction was the bounteous and elegant collation served by Mrs. Brady, the hostess of the evening. Mr. and Mrs. W. s. Roose have issued cards for the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary E. Boose, next Wednesday evening at Vermont Avenue Christian Church. The fortunate gentieman Is Dr. George E. Council, a son of Dr. Connell, of Georgetown. A limited number of reception cards request the pleasure or quests at the residence or Mr. and Mrs. ltoose, on s street, from 6:30 till 9 o'clock p. m. Among the Americans present at the magnificent fetr recently given by the Chinese Ambassador to Paris, In Mr. Elislia Iilggs' elegant house in the Avenue Kleber, were Mrs. Iilggs. Mrs. Robeson, wife of the rormer Secretary or i he Navy, Miss Fanny Reed, and Mrs. Richard White!rig.?Mr. Boale, or Illinois, who has been visiting his son-in-law and daughter, Representative and Mrs. Fort, at the Rlggs House, returned home last evening accompanied by his bright little grandson. Mr. Boale is the hair brother of Mrs. Sherman, Mrs Don Cameron's mother. Mrs. Sherman, who has been visiting her daughter here, returned home this week, and was accompanied by Mrs. Cameron. ?Greatly to the regret of the residents at the Ebbltt House, Major B. P. Poore's agreeable wire and daughter will leave on Monday for their beautiful home at Indian Hill Farm near Newburj port, Mass. Postmaster (General Key again has his wife with him at the Ebbltt House. She recently returned from a visit or several weeks at her home in Tennessee. Mrs. McKlnley has also returned to the Ebbltt House. Commander Crownlnshleld, or the Portsmouth, now at the yard here, will give a dancing reception on board that vessel next Monday evening. An Indian ' Goose Question."?Ma-ga-bobdu, "Drifting Goose," is a Sioux Indian or many grievances, who now has a case before Indian commissioner Trowbridge involving title to lands in the Upper James river, DaJcota. His name appears among the signatures to the Sioux treaty of 1876, ceding to the government the land in question, which is now occupied by whites. The Indian plea is that "Stormy Goose," or "Floating Goose.*' and other Sioux chlers, may have signed it, but "Drifting Goose" did not. The commissioner is likely to nave an interesting time settling this "goose question,'' as Drifting declares he would rather die than give the land. There Is much collateral evidence showing that this chler did sign the agreement, and made a speech tavorlng the cession of the land. Crop and Live Stock Reports.?The returns of April 1st to the Department or Agriculture show the increase in the area sown in wheat last fall to be 13 per cent more than in the tall previous. Im the area sown in rye there is a decline of o per cent as compared with the year previous. The condition is 98, precisely the same this April as last year. There was a large increase in fall sown wheat in those states which heretofore have exclusively sown in the spring. The experiment was unfortunate. and all, particularly Iowa and Nebraska, report great disaster from the winter. On the whole, the wheat crop thus far looks as favorable as in the spring of 1879. The condition of live stock as represented is very favorable, better than for several years. Telegrams to The Star A FRIGHTFUL EXPLOSION. Twenty-seven Men Killed. IMPORTANT RAILROAD LINK THE CADET INVESTIGATION FRHiHTFI L MPW?SI?S ?1 C1AXT P0WDEK. Twelve Ubite Jlen and fifteen Chinamen Killed. San Francesco, April !?>.?The giant powder works in the district of Blrkely. across the bay, exploded this afternoon, killing twelve white men and twelve or fifteen chinamen. This Is the third explosion this company has sustained, all attended with loss of lire. The explosion oc , curred in the picking room, and all the m^n j at work there were killed. There was about 6,000 pounds of powdc in the room. All the victims were blown to atoms. A large portion of the skull of a chinaman was found, with the queue attached. There were six houses inside i of the works and they were all blown to pieces, i but the workmen in them escaped, with the ex- j ceptlon of one man in the magazine, of whom no trace has been found. < uitslde of t he works are six houses. Including the boating house of the hands, all of which were more or less damaged, but are still standing. The explosion supposed to be the result of carelessnees. The workmen are hired by the piece and directed to tu.e wooden mallets In picking cartridges, bu. they found they could work faster and make more money by using iron hammers?a dange.ous practice. It is supposed that some man struck his cartridge on<-e too often and It went on. igniting the powder before him. which com ir.unlcated with the adjacent packages, with the abo\e terrible result. I.VIK'OKT % VF Ktll.HOin I.INK. from Hall i more to Chicago Through Pittobure. New Yokk. April 17.?A Pittsburg (Pa.) spe- ! eial says: "At a meet lng of the directors and ; stockholders of the Baltimore and Chicago roa.< i held here to-day It was agreed to l?egin t he roa 1 within sixty days. The road is to be 14^ mil*??- \ long, running from leaver Falls, which is about j twenty miles down the ohlo from here to < hi- ! cago junction. It will connect at Beaver wtth the Pittsburg and Uike Erie road, which In turn will connect at this city with the B. <v o. road. At Chicago junction it Is to connect dlrtetly with the road controlled by the Baltimore and ohlo. The Ohio people have agreed to subscribe per mile for building purposes, and will give more if necessary. This will bean important link of road and will give the coke. coal and manufacturing interest of western Pennsylvania a direct connection with the west and the eastern railroad. FOREIUN AFFAIRS. French Jesuits t.oinc to F^gypt. Nkw yokk. April 17.?A Parts special states on the authoiitv or a Cairo correspondent:-The Jesuits have offered 4,ooo,(*w francs for the bnflaings and lar>d in Cairo reserved by Ismail Pacha for a m'lltary academy and have also b*>en bargaining for t he palace occupied by the late Mustapha Pacha at Alexandria. The Khedive win consult the Sheikh-Fl-Islam before concluding the sales. The Marquis of Bute Is here and is in dally conference with theJesuits."' The Change of Administration in i England. london. April it.?All the ministers are now i in town, and also all the liberal leaders except ! Mr. Gladstone, who is still at Hawarden, where Mr. John Bright Is visiting him. Speculation is I rife respecting the composition of the new ministry. but there has been no formal consultation ; among the liberals. The candidates for office are numerous. Every place to be filled has at i least two candidates, so there will be much disappointment when the decision Is made. The general impression Is that Mr. Gladstone's pre- I mierehlp Is inevitable, unless he should refuse ' to accept it. which Is not expect9d. The position and influence of the advanced liberals, as distinguished from the moderates, or whlgs. seems likely to be very strong. Fear** for the Atalanta. LONDON. April IT.?Notwithstanding the hopeful suggestions published that the training ship Atalanta may have been driven out of heroou.-se and thus delayed, the general opinion Whoa* 11?? mercantile marine Is that U*p Vfessei has foundered, Poison i?t the Czar's Di?h. ! Paris, April u.?The Latum* publishes a telegram from St. Petersburg, which states that poison was recent ly discovered in a dish on the Usar'S dining table, but no credence is given to the story here. Magyars Coming to America. Tondon. April U.?The London correspondent of the Edlnburg Scotsman says in consequence i of the distress In Hungary five thousand Magyars have quitted the country for America during the past winter. Ttie Ex Empress Eugenie. Cai-k Town. April 17.?The ex-Kmpress Eugenie and suite occupy the government house. The party will proofed to Natal on Tuesday next en route to the Zulu country. Pardoned by the Czar. St. Pf.tbksbvro. April 17.?The czar at the instance of (ieneral MellkofT. chief of the supreme < x<>cutlon commission, has pardoned three students recently convicted at Kliarkoff. of complicity with the revolutionists. The (? <"?.< says that the pardons ha\e made a deep Impression on the students In the Kharkoff inlverslty. KEWS THKOtGH PAXA!*IA. Reported Capture of Bark by (he Chilians. Panama. April, 6.?The Chilian Times of March i:;th. says: '-The Knight Templar," reported as captured recently at Arica, is a wooden barque. 443 tons register, built in Liverpool in istil. Her owner Is G. B. Walmsley. of that town. The ship and cargo are valued at about $600,000. The Star and H> raUrs Lima letter of March 24th. says: "Things are brighter here and must be relat ively dark In Chill, where the other day in order to mollify the people after the defeat of the Huascar, In Arica, on February 27th, the government was obliged to issue a false d<^spatch announcing the capture of the Knight Templar, a sailing ship with arms for Peru on board. The Valparaiso agent of the ship immediately denied the charge." The Kearsarge. Advices from Bocas del Toroupto Saturday last, the 3d Inst., are to the effect that the I*. S. steamer Kearsarge was still at that place. Collision in the Sound. Stonington, Conn., April 17.?A collision took place on the sound last night between the steamer Rhode Island of the Providence line and an unknown schooner. The steamer Nar- j ragansett arrived here this morning six hours late bringing the passengers from the disabled steamer which she has towed Into Huntington harbor. The agents of the Providence line report the damage to the Khode island slight. The Scotch Elections. Edinburgh, April 17.?The usual election of sixteen representative Scotch peers to represent the Scottish lords in the new parliament has resulted as follows:?The Earl of Mar and Kellle, conservative: Earl of Morton, conservative; Earl of Strathmore, conservative; Earl of Haddington, conservative; Earl of Alrlle, liberal conservative; Earl of I even and Melville, conservative, vice Lord Sinclair, conservative. resigned; Earl of Selkirk, conservative; Earl of Dundonald, conservative: Earl of Stratballon, conservative; Earl of Fortes, conservative; Lord Seltoun, conservative; Lord Elphlnston, conservative: Lord Bosthwlck, conservative, vice the Marquis of outensbury, conservative, defeated; Lord Blantyre, liberal; Lord Colvllle. ofCulross, conservative: and Lord Balfour, of Burleigh, conservative. > Wall Stmt To-day. Niw Yokk, April 17.?The Po*Cx financial article says: "The stock Exchange markets continue active. Government bonds and railroad investments are firm. The stock market onened \a=, higher than it closed yesterday. During the first hour Iron Mountain fell and t he remainder of the list l Mi* Ib the next hour there was an advance of uaj*. the latter Iron Mountain and Kansas and Texas. Since then :?ax of this has been lost, and the market as we wi ite is only steady. In exception, Louisville and Nashville has been very weak, having fallen from 147 to 156. The leading stocks bare been Eue, Wabash. Iron Mountain, Kansas and Texas, the Coal shares. Pacific Mall and Milwaukee ar d St. Paul, all of which ruled somewhat higher than yesterday. The money market is not j tt easy. J % THE ?I*T H?nT IMVMTNiA. TI?M. The M. 1. Time* CarP?. rlinn M A?*wrr. West I'oivj. N. Y.. April II.?At theopeutng court the Toitm correspondent, Utrinic. I Is, was called to the stavd and pm?>ut?d a opy of the r< m>s of April 15. lie was a I low.-a 'o rrake a statement, wben he said. by advice ff counsel. he declined to answer all .niewtlons about the article In the r?r>? ?. except about tbe (list Ptneieen lines In the secoud paragraph. on he ground that the Information was impart ad 0 him in nonfldsnoe In his professional (Capacity. ?nn he i-ould not reveal It. About the nineteen ices referred to, he would ask the Indulgence of the court until Monday aHernoon. when hts counsel, Oen. McMabon. will be pn-senL Here 'he conn held a consultation, when, after a short delay, the president said: "The court desires to pay that as this wit neat has been ?worn to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and now refuses to do so, and proposes to give only such information as is politic, no importance would be attached to any information given to the press by this correspondent. The court will report the matter to the <otrmandant of the post and lei the < Nomination of the witness drop.*' V-\ere Morm at HarrWbiir?. New VORI. April 17.?a Harrtsbar*. fa. special says: A violent hall and rain storm passed over this dty last evening, doiug considerable damage. The north side of the span of the Susquehanna river wagon bridge, about -mo feet long, was blown In. Hundreds of win dows In houses facing toward the north wen* shattered on every street. Tilden in ?he Mew % ork Contention. sv kaccse. n. v., April 17.?The oi?n?r has a !igi of 336 delegates already elect??d to the democratic state convention, of this number the twelve from Albany are contested, and th? remaining :i<4 are classified as follows: Kor Tilden absolutely. 14?: against Tilden, i?0; uncommitted. :n The Markets* BALTIMORE, April 17.?Virginia sixes, ,(* jerred, 7; do. i-onsola. MS; do. second Nnw, 22\ . do. past due coupon*. t>5S. do. new ten forties, : do. ten-forty coupons, Hftw bid to-aay. BALTIMORE. April *7.?Ootton dull aii(i weak? middling. ll\al2. Flour dull and tinctiaiwred Wheat, wjutliern lower. western lower and barely steady?southern red, 12ft. do aiulier. 1 HOal 32 Ne. 2 western winter i*d. spot and April. 1'ioWa 1 2f'\ : May, l. J3S?al 2SS . June. 1 2lal2lv? ; July, 1.12 V. Corn, southern lower western lower and tirni?southern white, 52. do. ye'low, 48; weet em mixed, spot and April, 4*. May. 47?a47??. lune, 4?;\a47. steamer, ne offering. Oata .iniet nut steady?southern. 42a43; weetern white, 42a a42'v,; do. mix*d, 40a41 Pennsylvania. 4.'a42V liye, nominally SKa&O. Hay unchantred Pro\iaions <iui?*t and without change. Butter Ktea.ly?prime to choice western packed, 2:ta2"> roll, 20a25. E?vs tujl and weak, lOalOV. Petroleum unchanged. Coffw dull? Rio canreee, l:t\al5\. Sn.'?r firm?A soft, 9te. Wliiaky flnu, l.lOal lou. Freights nn haiured. Beoeipts?flotir, 1,6!>6 l>amls. wheat, fift.tiUI bushels. ?-orn, V:t.tHHl bushels, oata, 1,800 rye. 200 bushels. Shipment* ? wheat, 134.227 t>u*hels; corn, 157,'.UK luiMhels. Hales?wheat. 237,(30 bushels corn, 17o, 14? bushels SI* W YORK, April 17.?stocks strong. Money. <5. Exchange, Ion*. 484 k; short, 4S7V Governments quiet. NEW YORK. April 17.?Flour dull and dccliuinK Wheat unsettled ami lower. Corn firm. LONDON'. April 17, 12 80 p. mi?r. n. bonds, 4 percent*., lot*1*: 4^ i*>r cents.. lliv '.tlantic and Great Western first morttratre truHtees' eertin catee._ 72"Atlantic aud Oreat Western seeonils, 37. New Jersev Central consnls, 104 Er ie. 44 . Illinois Central, lO'.t. Pennsylvania <Vniral, ftft Rtadii n. S4 New Vork Central, 135. The \% Hshburii-l?oiinell>' ('snfekt. KESOI.l'TION Tf? INVESTIi.atk tlik mat!UK. The House committee on elections, at tbclr meeting to-day. adopted the following and Instructed Keprcseutatlve Manning to r?*pon it to I he House: Whereas, a certain anonymous letter, dated House of Representatives. Washington, I>. e.. March 4th. isso. addressed to Mr. William M Springer, offering a bribe ot ir i?. would prevent the unseating ot WilfUm D. Washburn, of Mtnnesota. th< .-ontestee in the pending eontested election case of Donnelly ;igalnst Washburn, was mailed on March >. isso, in post ofliceofthe House of R< presentatlvea anddellvered to said honorable Am. M. springer then and now chairman of the eonmitt.ee of* ejections, before which said oont?>st<?l election case was at ihai time pending; and whereas tald letter purports to be an attempt to corruptly influence the action of said Hon. W m. M springer as a member of said commit .tee and of the House of Representative; and whereas another private letter was sent to and received by the said springer In reference to said contest. signed by 11. If. Flnley; and whereas the language med by said springer Is his speech, published In the ''onoi'fsst<>tuil a-' orii of the fith instant, on the subject before the House, is construed by many members as a charge against said Donne'ly of having Inspired the writing of said letter; and whereas the said iKjnnelly has requested an Investigation of said matter; now therefore That a committee of seven members of this House be appointed by the speaker to inquire and report to this House as to the authorship of said anonymous letter, who sent it, and the purpose for which said letter was sent, and all other Blatters la connection with the same and that said committee be authorized to ln<,trtre and report to the House thereon, whether in either or all of the letters in controversy, and written to the Hon. W'm. M. Springer, there has been any brea< n of the privileges of the House or of any member thereof: and said committee shall have power to sena for persons and papers to administer oaths; to sit during the sessions of the House, and to report at any time, and that all expenses incurred in said Investigation shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House. The DiMtrict Invettigaiaon. The House committee on the District of Co lumbla to-day resumed the Investigation of t he charges against the commissioners of the DisII let of Columbia made by Treasurer (illtlllan. 1 capt. phelps' STATEMENT CONTIXt bn. Ex-I)lstrlct commissioner rhelps contluued his statement. He said he thought under the .ict of .lune 20th, l-7-i. the Commissioners of the District of Columbia had control of all oftices in the District of Columbia appertaining to the District government, including the sinKlng fund commissioner's, t apt. Phelps reviewed the several allegations made against the Commissioners of the Dlstrlct by the 1'nlted States . Treasurer, and lu general denied the same. Touching the failure to issue tax lien certificates, he said it arose because of errors made In the assessments, which in validated them, and ' bad the Commissioners have Issued the certlfli cates they would lia\e been Invalidated; henoe i they fall* d to issue an Illegal paper for the mere ' sake of saving the Bisect 10 per cent lmerest. ; Touching the complaints oi property-holders against assessments. < apt. I'h< os 'bat a ] single complaint made by a pi T'wty-holder ; Involved the revision of an entire 1? ! justify & special assessment bethought j there should be more work than is usually a0** on an ordinary county road. Capt. Phelps sai*'* j he desired at some time to come before tbe i committee In refutation of charges made In the ' second annual report of the Treasurer of the t nlted states on the sinking fund of the District of Columbia. Capt. Phelps said that he at one time called the attention of the President to the action of Treasurer oiltlllan touching the sinking fund commission, and that the President had promised to take action. Capt. Phelps will be recalled on Wednesday. ONE 0THKK WITNESS. Henrietta Smith testified that she owned some real estate on I nlon street, in this city; tbe property has been always assessed In the name of the Rank of W ashington. but the taxes have been paid by the heirs of Samuel Black. Witness paid the special assessment tax on tbe property on the 27th of March l;ist: had never made any tender to pay the taxes prior to Oct. 1st last; was charged 6 per cent interest up to Oct. 1st. At 12:15 o'clock the investigation was adjourned until Wednesday next. corvtino the Vote kok Pkbsioent. ? The democratic members of the Senate committee on rules and of the senate select committee on the subject of counting the electoral vote, held a long private meeting to-day with a view to agreeing upon some recommendation for action in regard to the electoral count to be taken by the Senate at tills session. It was substantially decided to recommend that the two houses of Congress shall adopt a new joint role. j prov ldlng that in case only one certificate of ! the electoral vote of a state be presented to | t'ongress. it shall not be rejected except by tbe affirmative vote of the two houses, and that in case of dual returns neither shall be counted unless the two houses agree that one of them is the true and valid return. a Heavy Rain Stokm occurred at Cincinnati yesterday, tollowed by high winds, which unroofed a number of houses. Elsewhere tbe storm was also destructive. At Newark, Ohio. a barn was blown down, the Iron roof blown off Scott & co.'s turnlture bouse, and tbe iron and slate roof off the gas works. At Wheeling, W. \'a., the roof of the freight depot of the Pittaburg. Cincinnati and st. Louis railroad was torn off, and the steeple of Zlon M. E. church was blown down. The severest storm of the season visited Wisconsin yesterday. In the northern -ectlons several inches of snow fell, impeding trams in tbe vicinity of Oshkosh. No serious disasters are yet reported. a Difaclting Cashieb's Death.?About two years ago Matthew Weaver, the trusted and popular cashier of the citizens' National Bank of Utbana, Ohio, disappeared suddenly from his home, and tbe examination of his accounts which followed revealed a defalcation of tss 000 He bad been speculating m grain on the Chicago board of trade, and, to cover bis margins, had used tbe bank funds, pouring good money after bad, until the bank's surplus was exhausted. and ruin came. He fled to Canada, and in Montreal, secured a position as book-keeper in a window-glass and paint house, where be woo tbe confidence of his employer. His wife and ter remained behind in Frbana until last j night, when they starred to )ota him. While on their way to Montreal, Weaver be. "ame fired of life and killed himself, a dispatch from Mrs. Weaver brings news of his death.