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V?. 55-N?. 8.435. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY. APRIL 17. 1880. TWO CENTS.
PenigyWaBia Aver tie, Corner lltb Street, by
Tie Evening Star Newspaper Company.
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?
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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 $20.
Iw All mail subscriptions must be raid in adVance
; bo paper sent lonver than bo paii for.
Rate* of advertisinv made known on application.
AmmifENTN?8th pave.
Armos Sales?5th i we.
Boarding?4th raire.
B<?c.K9, Ac. ?7;h pa?WBoots
and Shoes?3d pave.
Bcsinkss Chavces?4th pave.
Citt Jtkmv?>-'th rave.
Coai. a no Wood- 4. h pavDeaths?5th
Dry focw 1st pave.
EnrcanON? 4tL pave.
firri>lO!i?-5,l pave.
Family Supplies?3d pa?re.
For Rent and Sale?4th pave.
Fob Sale (Miscellaneous)?4th pave.
IIorsKKrasisHiKGs??'.th pave.
Ladikh Goods?1st pave,
Lucmw-Mb pave.
List or Lfrraiw?2d page.
r Medical, Ac?6tb pave.
Miscellaneous?6th and 7th pages
1'awnbrokers 6th pain-.
Personal?4tli pave.
Pboeishional?4th pave.
Proposals?6th pave.
Pianos and Organs?4th pave.
Railboadb? 3d pave.
Religious Notices?1st pave.
Sprclal Notices?1st pave.
Stilamers, Ac.? 3d pave.
The Trades?4th pave.
Undertakers, Ac.?5th pave
Wants?4th pave.
Htrii^d Silks, 50c. Navy Bine Silk, Dark Green
Silk, Cardinal Red Silk and other colors, only 55c.;
worth 41. Colored and Black Cashmeres, pure wool,
25c. Excellent Black Silk?'. 75 and H7c. One huu?lred
(lOO) pieces Madras Ginvhams, n<w and choice
stj lee, 10. 12 and 15c. Excellent quality Calico,
6>jc. is'a ok Cashmeres, pure wool, wide doublewidth,
Onrfl, 41.25 and 41.50 Black Silks are Special
Lace for Curtains, 12c. to$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.
?r!2 711 Market Space.
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.
ap 10 13HS E st. w tf., near Ebbitt House.
We have in s+ock everythinv to be worn durinv
the season, from the beet manufacturers, at cloM
(Late Clerks with Perry A Bro.),
'l* MB 7tb atreet n.w.
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.
rcarr.) looa F atreet n.w.
5 .. W 60
6 (nX)D 9 (X)
THOMPSON'S Shirt Factory.
E. MAUCK. Proprietor
mar 3 SIS W *t. n.w.. opp. Patent oflloe.
U H 1 R T S
Buy the EUREKA REINFORCED, the beet
In the city. For sale at
1119 IF Btrert nortHxcest.
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.
gEAsen or isso. '
bbiqht house, a. .a
WU1 open MAY 20th, 1880. IfijEi
Terms reasonable. Send for circular.
febag-Bm WALTER BURTON. Proprietor.
ilter*li?n?ia their plumbinvshould call at the
UJ .lr8i*ned. where can be seen,
mitli mater mttAcbed, the
^ Made by HENRY C MEYER Jk Oo , of New York,
the,well-known manufacturers of Fine Plumbing
#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
Havitv a lanre st <-k of
I*L i .V A/.V( 1 and
Bonvht at ranch lower than present prices.
We Shall Ofeeb
To thow about to b-iild or make other improve,
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?
r^sr- FOUNDRY M. E CHURCH, 14th
ft^te sts.?To-morrow, liev. Dr. Lanahan, paitor.
at 11 a.m. Evening service before H.
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.
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
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. ,
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?"
.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, '
I r "St- MASONIC?A social Commnnication of
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
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*
. 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*
Bedford, Blue Lick, Congress, Deep
I Rock, Buffalo, Lithia, Rockbridge Alum, Geyser,
j Hathorn, Gettysburg, Friedrickshall, Hunyadi
febl9 1429 Pennsylvania Avendk.
Afrency for 8. T. Taylor's Patterns, System of
Cuttiuir Taught, and Journals of Fashion for sale.
: 1213 Pennsylvania ave.. upstairs. apJ-3rn
We have now open and ready for sale r
the la rarest and most complete assortment of
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
Are also repleV with everything new and desirable,
forming the richest and most elegant display of
That the home and foreign markets can produce.
We have also ready for inspection an extremely
J choice selection of
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.
apl 11Q7 F at. n.w.
MO.\TA<il'E CCKI.S, if real, are becoming
to every face. The most beautiful are made
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
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?. "*
1111 F Street.
Firat-class work, at moderate prioee. ma!6 3m
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
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.
Give bsvccial attention to MODERNIZING and
VENTILATING badly constructed plumbing in
city dwelUnjun. marSl-lstp
EJ on the.r Druntst for the A. B- 0- book, all
abont Flowers and <Hnarier. '
Costa nothing. It' i
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
he will not withdraw?he demands demo*
critic unity or concedes democratic de"
l-'fat in new york?his position in the state
[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
Twenty-seven Men Killed.
Twelve Ubite Jlen and fifteen Chinamen
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.
from Hall i more to Chicago Through
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.
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
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.
Reported Capture of Bark by (he
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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

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