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PROFESSOR MACALLISTER, AND HIS SELECT TROUPE, FROM GLAS GOW, SCOTLAND. LOOK OUT FOR STARTLING NOVELTIES. WITNESS THE GRAND PANDORA MYS TERY WHICH NO MORTAL CAN FATHOM, AND THE ENCHANTED PAVILLION, PLAYED 944 CON SECUTIVE NIGHTS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE, LON DON, ENGLAND. Secure your seats at O. F. Johnston's Music Store, 918 Main street. f GRAND MATINEE SATURDAY AT 1 CLOCK. Admission, 85, 50, TSc and HI, according to location. de 22—4t RICHMOND THEATRE. -**.:.. THREE NIGHTS ONLY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. DECEMBER BSth, JUili AND 371b. Keriirn of the Famous Artistic DUPREZ k BENEDICT'S NEW ORLEANS MINSTRELS, Bra** Band and Burlesque Opera Troupe, With more crowning, triumphant success > Having just concluded a most brilliant season of two weeks at the Varieties Theatre, New Orleans, the p tlace of beauty and fashion of the Orescent City, appearing before large, refined and (elect audiences nightly, their receipts running each evening from esuii to 1 1,600. Will appear as above, In an entirely new, at tractive and pleasing programme. Admission at popular prices. Reserved seats for sale at the usual places. CHAS. H. DUPREZ, Manager. OHAB. H KEEBHIN, General Agent. de»2—6t A6SEMBLY HALL. ~ FOR TWO NIGHTS ONLY I COMMENCING DECEMBER 29th. MR. WILLIAM HORACE LINGARD, AND - MISS' ALICE DUNNING LINGARD, Iv Dumab' great five act-comedy-drama of DIANE DE LYS, with the same cast as played at Daly's Broad way Theatre. THE PRESENT SENSATION IN PARIS. WITH THE INCOMPARABLE LINGARD 3KETCHE3. Reserved seats, JI.GO ; on sale at C. F. John (ton's masic store, 918 Maui street. do _3-st OFFICIAL. OFF OF CLERK HOUSE OF DELEGATES,. Ricbmosd, Va., Ducember 22,1873. J BY AUTHORITY OF AN ACT OF AS SEMBLY, approved April 2d, 1873, lt Is lawful for the Circuit Court judges of this Com monwealth, until the times for holding the terms of their respective courts > hall be prescribed by law, to fix the time for holding such terms. Th* terms of the Fifth circuit has been fixed as follows: Rbdfobd Oiiokty .—2oth February, 7th May and lat September. Appomattox Cook™.—dth March, SOth May and nth September. Nblbok Cociiti- —17th March, 80th May and 23rd September. AmBBST Countv.—29th March, loth June and 13th October. Oakpbbll Cocktt.—oth April, 20th June and lSth October. Citt op I.v.vc uncioi.—'.(Hli April and 24th October. J. BELL BIGGER, Clerk of House of Delegates of Virginia. de _B—2aW4w CITY COLLECTOR'S OFFICE, I Hicbmobd, Nov. 29th, 1873. } riIHIS OFFICE WILL BE OPENED DAILY I "from 9 o'clock a. ra. to 6 o'clock p. m. from the WITH to tho 3[st DAY OF DECEMBER Inclusive, for the purpose of receiving from any person who has already paid one-half only of th* olty taxes charged to him ihe remaining half; and that TEN PER CENT. will be added to the amount of said remaining half of the tax charged in every case where the party assessed shall fall to pay said remaining half within the time so limited." "But in case any peraon having failed to pay in th* MONTH OF JUNE one-half of the city tax** duo from such person, shall fall to pay the whole tlureof on or before the 31ST DAY OF DECEMBER, there shall be added TWENTY PER CENT. upon the amount of tax so remaining due." The collector respectfully calls the attention of those parties who have so repeatedly promised to settle their bills (other than the half-paid hills), and on which he has been so lenient, thai should he now fail to call on them by the 16TH OF DECEMBER, and they fail to pay during the month of December, that ho will be compelled under the duties of his office to collect in JANUARY BY LEVY, with the additional TWENTY PER CENT. JOHN F. REGNAULT, de I—lm Collector. GO TO W. W. TRIBBETT'S EOR CONFECTIONS ! FIRE-WORKS ! AND TOYS ! UNSURPASSED IN ELEGANCE. VARIETY AND NOVELTY. THE LARGEST STOCK IN THE CITY. dett-jt 1114 MAIN STREET. TOYS ! TOYS!T TOYS! !! 1 MiJIE^THE 1 LARGEST 1 " 0 STOCK IN THE CITY. CALL EARLY BEFORE THE RUSH COMES. DON'T FORSET THE NUMBERS, 413 Broad Street. ASH 909 Main Street. de io—et w. r. nmith. NOTICE. The FREIGHT DEPARTMENT of the Rich mend and Danville Railroad Company WILL BE CLOSED on CHRISTMAS DAY, 96th Instant, and NEW YEAR'S DAY, .Tannery Ist, 1874. JOHN R. MAOMURDO, de 28—2t General Freight Agent. We print to-day a valuable and interest ing communication from the Hon. 0. P. Ram-dell to the New York Times, recom mending the agricultural resources of Vir ginia to Northern emigrants. We en dorse his representations most fully. No state offers such inducements to enter prising Northern men who havo means suf ficient to start right as Virginia. There is no land so cheap, considering quality, climate and location, as the lands of our state. ._•____ Nature has lavished upon her every good gift. We want capital, pluck and enterprise, and the North is full of it to overflowing. Laboring under mistaken views, these elements now fill up the West and carry to it that mighty and enriching stream of emigration which we ought to share. There is no need of this, and we have only to do our part to disabuse the public sentiment of false impressions to secure a proportion of these'much-needed elements of strength and prosperity. Prominent among these is, that a North ern man cannot come down here with his family and enjoy social recognition unless he conforms his political views to those of the neighborhood. That there are some places in this state where such prejudices exist as to shut out Republicans from so cial intercourse, we are willing to admit. Such places should be shunned as one would avoid a city stricken with the plague. But tbey are few and exceptional. .There aro everywhere men and women in whom the malignity of partisanship and sectarianism kills out every sweet and generous impulse ? souls in whose narrow bounds po large tolera tion can find a place; who would turn an ay from the gates of heaven rather than to enter it with one suspected of a differ ent creed. We know such people in the North, but they are so few as to be insig nificant in influence, as they are iv charac ter. We well remember places in Wiscon sin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, when fifteen years ago a Republican underwent social ostracism and even insult. But nobody was deterred from seeking these states by this fact. Immigration poured in and swept over and killed out utterly this blinded and brutal elemont, or it shunned the poisoned atmosphere of pre judice and lelt such communities objects i of contempt amid the general prosperity. Virginia is not to be judged by theße Bour bons—her superannuated old fogies—or those silly and harmless females who put on airs of superiority and make up faces at Northern settlers and their families. Good settlers from the North will find generally, if they come here to make their homes and pursue business of any legiti mate kind,,a warm welcome from the people. The degree of social recognition will depend largely upon themselves. It is not to be expected that strangers will find the confidence and intimate relation ships of old acquaintance. But this will come in time to the truly deserving as quickly in Virginia as in New York or New England, or any established community. Persons who come here, however, should enquire circfully beforehand and avoid those ( communities where they will not be re- I ceived cordially unless they feel as wo do; ' that we go where we please, and ask no- ( body's consent, and caro for no social recognition which is not freely given and fairly earned. There are plenty of places in Virginia, and i ts best portions, where Northern men will receive a fraternal welcome, and to such places only should they go. STATE HEWS. —The Eagle gold mine in Stafford has been sold to Cutter and Dewitt, of Mass., r _ci Ann ior 901 ,ou-. , "iHafooo* rwoa —Colonel Curtiss, grand traveling deputy of the National Grange, has re cently organized Granges in Prince Edward, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, «nd other counties along the line of the Rich mond and Danville railroad. It is said that a State Grange will be instituted before the Ist of January. —A Philadelphia steamer, square built, and adapted to canal navigation, arrived here last week with coal. Having dis charged her cargo, she moved up to Slaughter's wharf and loaded partially with flour from the Excelsior mills. Her capacity is from 1,600 to 2,000 barrels. She also took on board a lot of sumac from Hurkamp's manufactory. The steamer is the William Baxter, the same that successfully demonstrated steam nav igation in the New York canals, and for which a prize ot $100,000 was offered by the New York legislature.— Fredericks. burg Herald, 22a*. i ,m m Makk Twain, at a public dinner in London, recently, responded to the toast "The Ladies," and in the course of his re marks said; "Ah, you remember, you remember well, what a throb of pain, what a great tidal wave of grief swept over us all when Joan of Arc fell at Wa terloo. [Laughter.] Who does nob sor row at the loss of Sappho, the sweet singer of Israel? [ Laughter.| Who among us does not miss the gentle minis trations, the softening influences, the hum ble piety of Lucretia Borgia ? [Laughter.] Who can join in the heartless libel that woman is extravagant in dress when we can-look back and call to mind our simple and lowly Mother Eve arrayed in her modi fication of the Highland costume?" IVibo.ii.ia OrBBA-HocsK—Profeisor Macallleter, the Great Magician. HOLIUAY GOODS. Randolph 8t English, Books, Albums and fanoy articles of all kinds. Philip Weber, 1517 Main street, all kinds of Willow Ware and Toys. W. C. Smith, Nos. 412 Broad or 909 Main street, Toys of every description. J. K. Molloy. Main and 23d streets, for Wines, Brandies and Liquors of all kinds. C. F. Johnston, Toy Books, Muslo and Mnsloal Instruments and fanoy articles. A. Antoni, Main street, Candles Cakes, Fruits, and everything nice in Confectionery. W. W. Tribbett, 1114 Main street, Toys, Confectioneries and Fire works in great profusion. Rees & Co., opposite the Journal Office, Main street, Photographs and Piotures of all styles and elegant finish. A Dark Bounce. Yes, it was dark—and in more ways than one—about as dark as it generally gets in Richmond in the month of Decem ber. Not being '.raid, however —it isn't part of our composition—we boldly left Broad by turning into a cross street, after having secured a ticket at a store on the corner, and, in company with our friend, Captain De Doubleyoube, and several oth ers desirous of investigating the occult, we felt our way to the side-entrance of a dis mal-looking old brick house, and immedi ately commenced Ascending a narrow stairway, dimly lighted. At the first land ing we were all interviewed by a small boy, backed by a chum of the same sex and dimensions, the protocol being that we could proceed provided we indemnified with our dingy-looking bits of pasteboard —twenty-five cents each. Having passed the outpost we wended our way along a narrow passage —one at a time—until we reached another stairway, up which wo ambled as gracefully as the darkness would permit; then entered anothor contracted apology for a hall, at the far end of which we saw a glimmering light. We struck a bee-line for it—ono at a time. Having gained the goal of our ambition—"twinkle, twinkle, little star"—its effulgent rays re vealed to us the entrance to lhe abode of the spirits—i. c. an unfurnished room with a grate in which was burning a stick or two of wood, the mantel over it bravely sustaining upon its dusky bosom a solita ry kerosene lamp. To the left, as we en tered, we saw about fifteen people of both sexes, all sitting silently in chairs facing a closet door to our right. We kindly pulled off our hats and hunted for a seat on the bare floor. After rolling our eyes around the unhung walls of this vast (12x15) spiritual rendezvous, and finding a convenient place to deposit our surplus tobacco juice, we ventured a remark or two in an audible whisper ; but scarcely had its cadence died away in sweet harmo ny with a "sh-h-sh" from the solemn looking circle aforesaid, when a small, wiry-looking old gentleman Btepped up to us, with a hatchet in one hand and a rope and an iron ring in the other, and im pressively communicated the fact that spirits were a very timid nation, and that an excess of linguistical indulgence upon the part of us mortals would counteract the "influence." We meekly obeyed, stroking our whiskers; in the meantime keeping an eye—in fact both of them— open for tho next act in the play. Alter a bit o.ir orowd was considerable augmented, and rough seats improvised for our accommo dation, accompanied by the remark from our mentor of the hatchet, rope and ring that " the presence of so many of the friends weren't anticipated." Wo smiled our thanks for his condescension, and ventured to hope his shadow (as exhib ited by the fitful glare of that kerosene lamp) might never grow less. Just as we were making up our mind to look at somebody's watch to learn the time, the "Professor," the boss of the " seeyonce," tripped lightly into tho room, and was introduced to his auditors by him of the hatchet, rope and ring in " a few happy and well-timed remarks. " [No cheers.] However, the "Professor" took a chair and seated himself by tho closet door, directing our friendly lamp to be turned very low and put On the floor be hind the entrance door; that our hatchet friend would open the door and allow some gentleman of the audience to examine the interior; that he would then borrow a shawl from some lady in the audience, and nail it up for a curtain; that he would then seat himself near the kerosene and act as lampoonee, for tho evening. Everything being arranged, and a fiddle placed in the oloset, the "Professor" closed his eyes, opened his mouth and prayed a prayer, the jargon of which was about as intelligible as the amiable conversation of two hostile thomas catsr. Having concluded, the "Pro fessor' ' arose from his chair and requested the audience to bo "seeted" and remain "calm-m;" entered the sanctum-sancto rum, called for the rope and a mortal from the audience to tie him. A strapping, in five-looking gent strode in, and, after considerable grunting and sundry remarks, backed out, announcing to us that "if he ain't tied there never was a man tied." Encouraged by the noise our representative was making, we concluded to make a re mark ourselves, when wo were cut short by the lampooneer with the impressive de claration that the "influeuce" would be destroyed if we didn't subsido, which we did without a murmur. At this point the "Professor" sung out for some one to place the iron ring—we havo mentioned it (a Core—in his mouth. Our massive friend accommodated him. The "Professor" in a few moments hurriedly suggested to tbe lampooneer to raise the light. Upon exami nation it was found that the ring was now onthe "Professor's" arm. "Down with the light! "—pause—"up with the light! " and the ring rolled out on the floor. (We are of the opinion that the "Professor" has been in Tammany Hall, from tho way in which he scooted that ring around.) We expressed our astonishment by blowing our nose, whereat we were once more conjured by the lampooneer not to destroy the "in fluence." At the request of the "Profes sor," who stated that it was fo» the purpose of more closely assembling the spir its (a mortal in the audience who deals in the "ardent" told him he could sell him a gallon or two), we tuned up our voices and welled forth in lavishing strains "Home, Swoet Home." Shades of Nil son I ghost of Ristori I spirit of Parepa! I If that music had charm to bring to our 1 presence tho denizens of the other world, they must be of the kind that knoweth pandemonium, and wanted a resting spell where the howling wtfs a little less horri ble. In the meantime the spirits had assembled and untied the "Professor" and tied him in another position, and we heard some thrumning on the fiddle, which pres ently came over the top of the shawl and hung there, we thought, by a string. After this undoubted manifestation of the presence of the spirits—caused by our operatic performance, no doubt—the "Professor" announced that he would do the "ring trick" with a mortal in the closet with him. and said he would prefer that that bold and daring individual should be a representative of the press. We felt that we were the centre of attrac tion, but we felt also that an invitation to go into that darksome hole was an insult to our manhood, a detraction from our dig nity; moreover, not being 'fraid —we never are—we felt that if we should "go in" we would be moved to snatch that "Professor" baldheaded. Ho was hu mored, however, by a gentleman more curious than ourselves. After tieing a knot or two in handkerchiefs lor some of his auditors, the "Professor" announced that he was too much exhausted by his wrestle with the spirits to give us any of the "material" demonstrations (the show ing of faces and hands of departed friends or relatives), and cosed his "seeyonco" by declaiming about eighteen inchese ol tragedy through the spirit ot Ned Forest. Wo have tried faithfully to give in tbe foregoing the impressions left upon our mind by an exhibition in a "spiritual circle" held in this city one night last week. It may appear to the reader that we have exaggerated, and if it be so in some particulars yet we have failed to give of others the hideous portraying they should have. To say the least of it, it is sacrilege, and calculated to counteract, to some extent, tho blessed influences of the Christian religion, as was evidenced by the actions and conversation of three converts to this damnable tomfoolery on the night in question. We condemn utterly this in novation upon all that is sacred and rational, and protest that this youthful fraud, tho "Professor," be let severely alone by the sensible portion of our com munity. Personal.—Tho Southsido Virginian is getting facetious again. St. Andrew must have returned to enliven its columns. Ho has been to Gotham—seen Brick Pom eroy—got a toweling puff from him—and is happy. Thei mmaculate b.oom shows itself onco |more upon his editorial cheek, and all Boydton and Chase City is happy with him—in the possession of editorial cheek. Item: We understand that the New Year's number of The Southside is to contain a powerfully writ ten melo-drama, to be performed for one hundred consecutive nights at Niblo's, en tirely original (except as to subject) by the editor, which is to be " brought out " as soon after manufacture as possible, with new scenery, dresses and deco rations, and tho prospect of a greater "rush" than has been witnessed on Terp sichorean boards since the advent of the famous "Black Crook." The subject selected for this melo-drama is a very ambitious one, associated with our earliest recollections—interwoven with rem inisccnccs of cradles, swaddling clothes, pinafores, pap, and paregoric—and conse quently one on which the author will ex pend his best mother wit, as well as his freshest and most exuberant fancy. It. is this: "Jack and QUI went up the hill To fetch a pill of water; Jack fell down and br ke his crown, And QUI came tumbling after." Here is a subject for " ye mighty play wrights!" What plan, plot, characters, story, development, and grand catastrophy! It is expected that the hero and heroine will be worked up to the highest pilch of imaginative perfection, with their noble im pulses, their ambitious aims, their gradual progress " up tho hill," and their final tumble, one after tho other, all shown off to the great approval of "ye snarling critics," and the splendid emolument of "ye author." Well, we aro glad to hear it. If St. Andrew makes a *' ten strike" on Niblo's boards, we shall be delighted— happy, in fact, with all Boydton and Chase City f The melo-dramatic world is on the gui vive of glorious expectation, and Terp- Bichore, the sweetest of all the Muses, is herself happy. The Pandoka Mystery.—Our cap tion constitutes the title of one of the leading features of the initial soiree magique to be given at the Virginia Opera house this evening by the renowned magician, Professor J. M. Macallister, the son of the late Andrew Macallister, who was probably one of the finest sleight-of-hand performers ever put before the public. This "Pandora Mystery" is an invention of the Professor, which was brought to perfection during last summer, and is pre sented for the first time this season. It has puzzled the scientific men, particular ly wherever presented, and no person has yet been ablo to discover the secret, which is possessed by the Professor alone. Judging from what our exchanges havo said regarding the "mystery," we are led to believe that it is something extraor dinarily fine and bewildering. The Professor Macallister who solicits the favor of our citizens this time is not to be confounded with the fraud who visited Richmond a year ago, and whose right name is Tom Allyne. Ho is not worth a red, and, therefore, a legal prose cution for his fraudulent transactions and assumption of the name of Macallister, would bring no satisfaction. He has given the worthy Professor no little trou ble, and we trust our citizens will do tho riijht thing by crowding the Opera-house to-night. Reserved seats can be obtained at Johnston's music store, No, 918 Main street. Short, Shortbb, Shortest.—Sun day and yesterday were the shorts days of the year. The latter has only eight more days remaining, at the conclusion of which, like some grand old barque, fully ladened and with all sails set, it will float out on the soa of time. For nearly two weeks, beginning last Monday and ending after Christmas, the days have been and will be practically about nine hours and eighteen minutes in length. It will not be until New Year's day that they will bo per ceptibly longer, the period of daylight being at that time two minutes longer than it is now. After that, the old saw says, "as the day lengthens the cold strength ens," which we hope will not prove true this yeat. Soponaceous.—Justice James D, Browne, of this city, believes strongly in prima facie evidence. A very dirty female was brought before him this morn ing on the charge of stealing a gallon of soap. "The prisoner may stand aside," said the judge, " it is plain that she never had that much soap in all her life." The Ebenezer Colored Baptist Church.—This colored Baptist church, which has been recently enlarged in order to accommodate its large and growing con gregation, was, as heretofore announced, rededicatcd December 14th. On that oc casion the sum of 9260.29 was lifted for the purpose of assisting in defraying the expenses thereof. In order to show tbe rapid progress the colored people have made in controlling its affairs we give be low a resumC; of its history from its founda tion : This church was flrst dedicated May 30th, 1858 ; its first pastor was Elder Wm. T. Lyndsay, who was elected July 25th. 1858. Its first trustees were Messrs. A. H. Sands, J. B. Wood, Joel B. Wat kins, R. C. Hobson, and John Adams, who wero elected in January, 1862. The present officers are pastor, Elder Richard Wells; trustees, R. C. Hobson, A. 0. Long, P. T. Mann, J. Prity, and J. E. Farrar. The first cost of this church was about $8,000. The recent addition cost $4,100. The seating capacity of the edi fice prior lo its enlargement was about 1,100 persons; it will now seat about 1,600 persons. The congregation was only kept out of the church one Sabbath during the recent addition that was made thereto. The church is indebted to Elder J. E. Far rar, contractor, for the successful and rapid manner in which the repairs were mado, Large accessions have been made to the membership of Ebenezer church since its present pastor, Elder R. Wells, took charge, which was in 1870. William C. A. Mayo.—This young gentleman, familiarly known to his friends and acquaintances, of whom he had many, as Willie Mayo, died this morning at tbe residence of his mother on Broad street, after several weeks of prostrating indispo sition. Deceased was estimable and worthy in all the relations of life; in short, a good man and true. He had successively filled the positions of deputy sergeant and deputy constable in this city, and at the date of his death a conductor on the Richmond, Fred ericksburg and Potomac railroad. He was the second son of Mrs. Caroline E. and the late Philip Mayo, esq., and aged 31 years. He was a member, during the late war, of the 3d company of Richmond Howitzers, and was wounded at the battle at Spotsyl vania Courthouse. limes Lodge No. 17, Knights of Pythias, of which he was a member, and the How itzers will, to-morrow at 3i. o'clock, attend his funeral at the First Presbyterian church. There will bo no music, and the remains will be interred in Shockoe Hill cemetery. Goino.—Horace Vcnable, of this city, is soon to have his chance cut off of being venerable any more. His "sands of life" will "run out", on some day to be named by Judge Guigon at the January term of the hustings court. Many months have waned since Horace did something which the inexorable fiat of the law said could only be expiated by his throwing himself on the country for his deliverance." He did so with unhappy result, for the twelve men who represented the country "caught on the fly" and he "went out on first base." Now after a long course of , legal sprouts and soul-wearing journeys , through the upper courts, tbo proposition , is resolved to its original significance. Horace Venablo must die. Wo hope ( however that Governor Kemper will signal- , ize his accession to power, by ordering . the poor fellow to the penitentiary. Cer- . tainiy Horace never spent a more un pleasant Christmas lhau this. , The District Court Clerkship.— ' Colonel J. R. Popham, of this city, whose ' name has been prominently mentioned in connection with this position, has made, as we are reliably imformed such arrange ments with regard to the practice of his ' profession as will keep him fully one-half : of his time in Washington, D. C. It is \ therefore likely he would not accept the ' place in question, even though appointed ' to it by his fiiend Judge Hughes. The office or business of a clerk is not, we sus- ' pect, in very great harmony with the taste and ambition of Colonel P. A law- ' yer of h's ability would no doubt find his ' profession more profitable as well as more congenial. Police Court.—Justice White dis- ] posed of the following coses in this court ' to-day: ' Albert Keys and Philip Brown, fighting ' in the street, fined $2 each. John Duncan, trespass, fined $1. ' John Faylo, Thomas Keiley, Thomas < Burns, vagrancy, continued for ten days. ' William Freeman, vagrancy, jailed : thirty days. William Freeman, defrauding, continued ten days. William Owens, unlawful shooting, con tinued until the 30lh instant; accused committed. Jason Brightwell, drunkenness, dis charged. Christmas Goods.—Our readers will find advertised in our columns everything ■ that cau be desired in the way of Christ mas gifts or Christmas comforts. In the number of those who are benefitting themselves in contributing to our own en joyment of the season, we can hardly dis criminate, in a local notice, so as to call attention to the good things they respect fully advertise. But we advise our read ers to scan our columns closely, and can assure them that they will find there every thing they can possibly need, and of the finest quality. The Linoards.—William Horace and Alice Dunning Lingard, supported by a good comedy company, will make their debut at Assembly Hall on Monday next, the 29th instant, in Dumas' five-act comedy-drama of "Diane De Lys." The Lingard sketches will form a component part of the evening's pleasure. Those who have not seen them should not fail to do so. Duprez & Benedict's Minstrels. These celebrated minstrels, who will ap pear at the Theatre on Christmas night, will add greatly to the pleasure of all who may be fortunate enough to hear them. If you want to laugh and grow lat go and see this brass band and burlesque troupe. CoNFEOTioNS.-Read W.W. Tribbett's advertisement in another column and you will find that he has not only cakes, candy and fruits in abundance, but lots of toys. If you want to buy good things cheap, call on him and you will not be disappointed lie-..., ' 'Extremes meat"— Ox-tail soup. SNOW this morning, but there was no beauty in it. The Hebrew festival of Hannucah closed yesterday evening. Question for debating society—ls swearing a habit or a cms-torn ? Experinece is the pocket-compass that | tew think of consulting till they have lost | the way. Read The Evening Journal and you will always be able to reckon your longitude and latitude. An OBSERVER has discovered that spi ders are good correspondents, because they drop a lino by every post. The freicjht depot of the Richmond and Danville railroad will be closed on Christmas and New Year's days. Eight days from now, including this one, there will be a simultaneous playing out of December and the year '73. Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. We call attention to an important notice of this road to the .traveling public. Muggins remarks that he knows noth ing of woman's sphere. But he thinks that Mrs. Muggins' greatest fear is the fear of not being able to get a new bonnet this season. Girls learn to swim, all of you. The Misses Mixter of Boston, who were saved from the Ville dv Havre, were excellent swimmers. They went down with the ship, and then "struck out." The Southside Virginian is a sprightly and interesting sheet. How St. Andrew, its editorial guy amscutis.can roam all about the country and still maintain its pristine vigor is a problem which no fellow can solve. A Main steet merchant last NIOHT in a fit of somnambulism, got out of bed, took the scissors, and cut the bed quilt in two, and then asked his frightened wife if she wouldn't Jet him show her something else. A tender-hearted old lady of Cay street remarked, with tears, this morning, as she saw a policeman leading off an ine briated youth: "Young men will drink to abscess, knowing it to be injurious to their institution." Virginia has 130 regiments of militia, 06 of which are without field officers. Also 2 artillery companies and 23 of infantry, four of which are colored, whereby ft ap pears that the pristine vigor of the com monwealth lias departed. The man is happier who trusts, al though he be decieved on every hand, than he who guards himself with a breastwork of bristling suspicions ; for, while he may escape surprise, ho pays for bis immunity with a miserable and contemptible exis tence. Beguiled as we have heen by the soft air of the past months, it is difficult to realize that Christmas is so near at hand. Already, however, the bells of that glad time almost fall upon the ear, and tho notes of preparation for its cele bration may be heard. Editors or the Dispatch : While in Paris in 1809 I was Introduced to the German Princess D by the American Minis ter. Her entertainments were the niOßt styll-ih and ln the best taste of any given ln the French capital that memorably gay winter. Imagine my surprise, however, at meeting her in Rich mond ten days ago, when she inlormed me she wa» malting an American lour incog. She liked Richmond, she declared, better than any city she had visited of its size in this country, and was enthusiastic in her praise of the equestrian monument in lhe Capitol Square, which she re garded a* superior to that of Frederick the Great nt Berlin. She was specially charmed with the view from Gamble's and Llbby's hills, and pronounced the steeple of St. Paul's church the most graceful she had ever seen. Stopping suddenly, she added : "By-the-way, your Main street Is really heautilul, but I must confess I like Antoni's establishment better than any on It. It Is not a* large as Gautler's In Paris, or Feranti's in lovely Florence, but Is arranged as beautifully ns a parterre ot flowers of varied lints'. Such luscious fruits, delicate and artistic Paris confections, and gorgeous fancy articles, are surely enough to open the purse of a miser. Then, the dear blonde dolls, in endless variety and fairy beauty, almost make me wish I wero a liitleglrl ..gain." Such a distinguished tribute from one allied to royalty to so enterprising a citizen as Mr. Amtoxi> I think, Messrs. Editors, ought to be published ln your valuable journal. Henc* this communi cation. C. F. G. Photographs.—We are pleased to learn that at the request of many of their friends Ress k Co. has consented to keep their gallery open till 2 o'clock ln the afternoon on Christ mas d ay, giving a chance to many a poor hard* working fellow to have his picture taken, so that by the New Year he can have an acceptable present for his sweetheart. Brush up, boys, and go there early before you have too much egg nog aboard, and we will engage you the best picture you ever had, at a very trifling expense. Theirs is the only cheap llrt t-olass establishment In this city. The gallery Is opposite Tub Joubnai, Office. Ho! for Christmas and New Ybab.—l have some fine Old Rye Whisky of different brands, which I will sell ln suitable quantities from a barrel down to a gill. Also, Southampton Apple Brandy, New England and Jamaica Rum, Fine Fish Gin, made after the old Dutch style, Port and Sherry Wine. Also, Irish and Scotch Whiskies. I would also add, that I have some Old French Brandy, and many other liquors too numerous to mention. Johk K. Mallov, wholesale and retail liquor dealer, corner Main and Twenty-Third Btreets. Christmas Toys, wholesale and retail, I'iiii ri- Wbbbb, 1519 Main street, ha* the largest stock of Toys in the city. Call early and get your Christmas supplies. Also, manufacturer of Willow Ware, Willow Baskets, Cane Chairs, nd Settees. _____________ __________________________________i DIED. MAYO.—This morning at 12H o'clock, WIL LIAM COATES ALLEN MAYO, son of the late Philip and Mrs. Caroline E. A. Mayo, aged SI year*. His funeral will take place TO-MORROW at 3>_ p. m., from the First Presbyterian church IMPORTANT TO THE TRAVELING PUBLIC. 'BEWARE OF IMPOSITION." S) traveling public is cautioned against rely .ion FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING for ct information ln reference to rate* by the different routes to points West. The statement that the rates from RICH MOND TO CINCINNATI and other points West via Baltimore and Ohio railroad are lower than by any other line, la "PERFECTLY FALSE." THE ONLY DIRECT LINE FROM RICH MOND TO CINCINNATI I* via CHESA PEAKE AND OHIO RAILROAD, by which 259 MILES OF RAILROAD TRAVEL IS SAVED. The time is only thirty-one bonis and ten minute*.- The rate* to nearly oil point* are LOWER than by any other line. For correct Information and rates, apply to any of the principal ticket orßcee ln the country. Baggage checked to destination. EDGAR VLIET, Oener.il Passenger and Ticket Agent. Tbo Statu* or the Vlrsfluius. Washington, December 22.—1t has been ascertained from a prominent govern ment official that tho investigation as to the character of the Virginius will be con ducted in New York, though the govern ment is powerless to proceed against Pat terson, to whom the register for that vessel was issued, on account of the statute of limitations; therefore no punishment can be inflicted. Two years having elapsed since he obtained the papers he cannot be molested, but had all tho facts become known within tho two years ho would have been prosecuted for perjury. _, .^^^__— M AMACH l * fc l l '"> Death of Professor A_ras*iz'* naiishf cr- ID-1.11.V Boston, December 23. —The wife of Alexander Agassiz, son of the late profes sor, died here last night of pnoumonia, su perinduced by fatigue in her attendance upon her lather-in-law during his last ill ness. Mrs. Agassiz was tho daughter of lhe late G. R. Russell. Return of the President. Washington, December 23.—The President and company returned, here this morning from St. Louis. new vonn Financial. New York, December 23. —Gold opened at llOg ; now 110. Stocks quiet. Money 7. Exchange long 8J; short 9fj. Governments dull and Tower. State bonds quiet. _ CALIFORNIA. Tlic NolllllorNlll.lH. Sacramento, December 23.— The bal- I lot yesterday for tbe short term senator ship resulted as follows; Hayn 44; Shatter 22; Haight 15; Phelps 7—no election. There were seven absentees. ._». FLORIDA. \ii\nl Mutters. Key West, December S3.—The Pow hatan will leave for Norfolk to-night. The Wyoming was inspecied to-day. FOREIGN. CUBA. 1 in- Reloused Prisoners.—Tlielr Treat ment ti lulu Captives—Henerous ('mi - iiiul ol' Commander Ilralnc and his Subordinates—What tho Prisoners !»ay.-Tlic Situation at Soutluico—Ete. Key West, December 23.—A special says that the survivors of the Virginius were kept in ignorance of their fate, and were visited by bogus priests who exacted ■ dying confessions from them. They thought they were going to death, and up on the confessions of these poor wretches it is said Attorney-General Williams founded his opinion that the Virginius had no right to bear Ameiican colors. Tho poor fellows supposed they were going to the slaughter-house, but the presence of the Juniata, and their surrender to her officers, led to most extraordinaiy emo tional demonstrations. On the arrival of the Pinta at Santiago orders came to the ship, from Commander Braine, for tho paymaster to issue all the blankets and pea-jackets in his department to the pris oners, who were hardly fit to be seen in their rags. This was speedily done, but as there was still great destitu tion, orders came for every man on board to give their own blankets and wearing apparel in the good cause; the promise being made that all would be re placed. On the arrival of the ship at Key West, the officers and men especially com plied with this order, only providing that it should be issued as a request, in which case they would have obeyed with just as much alacrity. Every heart was touched by the pitiable condition of the prisoners. The poor fellows report that they were bar barously treated. Trey say that when the officers from the Tornado boarded the Virginius, one of them in hauling down tbe flagofthe United States tore it into ribbons, and trampled on it, asserting wilh an oath "This is what 1 have wanted." The situation in Santiago de Cuba li reported as still very serious. A large majority of the population is in sympathy with the Cuban cause, but the volunteers control everything with a high hand. Only a week ago twenty-five citizens of Santiago were arrested, and after a mock trial had been gone through with, without any evi denoe being adduced against them, they were told to go home. On the way they were cruelly waylaid and killed, only one escaping. He was riddled with bullets and dangcrouly wounded. Americans are continually in fear for their lives, and bitterly complain that nothing has been done to redress their wrongs. It is not safe for an American officer to ro ashore at Santiago. All along tho river line Spaniards are erecting new batteries. FRANCE. Paris, December 23.—A rumor is current that Bazaine has fled from the country. It is also reported that Herri Rochefort has died at the penal settlement in New Caledonia.