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Washington, Fob. 15.—Tho excitement over
tho forthcoming report of tho Poland Investi
gating Oomraitloohos nowroaobod such a height
that it may bo said that Congress is struck with
a moral panic. Tho outline of tho report, which
was given in tho despatches of Thursday last, is
universally admitted to bo correct, oven by tho
members of tho Committee themselves. Brooks
is so far assured of iho fata in store for him,
that ho is laboring night aud day with his Demo
cratic colleagues to avoid a voto of expulsion.
A movement has sprung up, moving In “car
pet-bag " .quarters, to induco Antes to resign so
as to avoid tho inevitable fight which a resolu
tion to oxpol him alono among tbo republican
members will occasion. Ames, howqvbr, will not
bo a party to this compromise, and says that
things must now toko tholr logical course. If
Congress desires to oxpol hlmlt can do so.
Tho report of tho Wilson Credit Mobllior
Committee, contrary to general expecta
tion, will doubtless bo submitted on Mon
day next. It was thought. when
this Committee took up tho consideration of tho
Central Pacific Railroad, that It would provo a
work of such magnitude that tho report would
not bo ready fair a week or ton days, but tho
Committee have obtained about all tho informa
tion on this subject available, oast of tho Rocky
Mountains, and of oourso they cannot go to Cal
ifornia, nor wait for papers and persons to oomo
from that region, for further evidence, and hopo
to report' during this session. From what
they havo been ablo to got, howovor, it
is perfectly plain that tho Contract Company
that built that road was in all its ossoutiaffoa
tures, practically tho same kind of a concern as
tho Credit Mobllior, and that its operation and
roaulto wore Um some as thoso of tho Union
Pacific ring, so far as tho nature of tho case
would permit. Ono consideration that is hast
ening tho completion of this report in
order that it may bo submitted Mon
day, is iho fact that It will show indubitably
gu‘d conclusively, that If tho gentlemen who
have dabbled in tho Credit Mobilfer stock did so
with a knowledge of what tho corporation really
was, ami if they failed to dispose of their stock
after finding out what tho character of tho con
cern was, they aro guilty to a degree equal
to tho worst construction that has boon put
upon tbo charges made against them. Tho
summing up of this report will bring forward
this conclusion in a manner that will leave no
room for doubt, besides adducing many other
things which it is thought aro Indispensable to
onablo Congressmen to decide on tho questions
arising out of tho report of Judge Poland’s
Committee. For thoso reasons, tho completion
of tho report is being pushed with all tho rapid
ity possible, and it is hoped that it will bo flu
isbod in timo for nso as an Invaluable explan
atory accompaniment to tbo Poland report.
' - The developments in tlio case of Judge Sher
man, wherein General Garfield and others are
Involved, have had a tendency to stiffen the
back bones and harden the hearts of many, who
have heretofore been inclined to view
the Credit Mobllior sufferers in a
charitable light. They say that the
Sherman letter, opening up as it does
a now field of infamy in an unexpected quarter,
ia additional proof that tho moat damnable cor
ruption really exists, and that it has pervaded all
ranks, and that examples must bo made of the
offenders who have boon convicted, and that
only the most severe measures towards them
will suffice to chock an evil which ia grown so
cieantio, and is spreading With such rapidity
Considerable indignation is also manifested on
the floor of, tho Houao at the foot
that within tho last two days Gar
field has been quite frequently called
to the chair by Speaker Blalno to preside tem
porarily. • Garfield’s occupation of tho chair
heretofore has boon an unusual thing, and that
ho - la now called so often is regarded as an effort
to give him a bettor standing than ho ia entitled
to, and to give him such weight as belongs, to
oho who is held in high esteem in official circles,
as will influence the ilouso when his case is to
be voted on.
. Washington, Fob. 15.—'This morning, between
11 and 12 o’clock, tbe Joint Committeo of Con
gross called on President Grant and road to him
the following letter:
■Washington, Feb. 15,1873.
fiat; Wo have boeu appointed a Committeo by tbo
Senate and House of Ropresentatlvas to notify you
that on Wednesday, tho 12 Inst., tho Vico President,
BtiUnffarProffldontof tho Senate, lu presence of boLb
Houses, opened ond counted tho votes of tbo Electors
of tho United States for President and Vico President
of tho United States. By count It was ascerlalnod-and
declared thntjou were duly elected President for the
term of four years from aud after -tho 4th
day of March next. In performing this
duty we tako occasion to tender you
our nearly congratulations for tbo eminent civil and
military services you have hod tho good fortune to ren
der to tho United States, and to express our confi
dent hope that your Administration during the term
for which you aro now elected will promote the peace,
honor, and prosperity of all tho people of the United
States without respect to section or parly mnsion.
(Signed) John Sherman, on behalf of tho Senate.
H. LT Dawes, James B. Beck, on behalf the House of
Tho President thanked tho Committee for their
attention, and said ho accepted the office and
would endeavor in the future, as in the past, to
discharge tho duties entrusted to him by tho
people to tho host of hia ability. -
The Committee, after a few words of con-
Saiulatory convoraation, next called on the
on. Henry Wilson, and road to him a letter
similar in part to that addressed to the Presi
dent, informing him of hia election as Vice
President, concluding as follows:
Wo lake this occasion, while performing this official
duty, to congratulate you on tho high honor conferred
upon you by the people. You have long
bly Identified with the legislative Gov
ernment, during a period of unexampled difficulty.
Wa are sure wo slate the universal feeling of the re
spective Houses to which wo belong, when wo assure
you cf their sincere respect and hearty good will,
•Mr. Wilson thanked tho Committee, and grate
fully accepted the high trust confided to him.
Ho said ho should atrin) to discharge the duties
of tho position with goal, fidelity, and impartial
ity Ho expressed, too, the hope that the com
ing four years would be consecrated by those en
trusted with power to peace, unity, and tho de
velopment of tho country; that those in every
the Government might retire at
the close of their official career with theoon
fleiousne* of their duties well done, and with
the approval of their countrymen.
[To the A eeociatcd Pi ces.} '
The Treasury to-day issued seven millions of
now 6 per cents to the Syndicate on receipt of
certificates and deposits of an equal amount of
6-20 bonds as security for payment. One mill
ion was Issued yesterday on tho same condi
tions, The'Troasury will now issue bonds daily
to the Syndicate, as called for by them.
- The Attorney General has sent to Postmaster
General Creawoll an opinion to tho effect that
tho section of tho Postal act which has been con
strued by tho Pose Office Department warranting
the collection of doublo the amount of unpaid
postage is not in accordance with the spirit of
tho act. The Attorney General plainly says that
only the amount of unpaid postage can be law
fully collcoted.
The promptness with which Minister Wash
burn e was instructed to recognize tho French
jQovornment has given rise to tho report that
Minister Sickles has been directed to recognize
that of Spain. ■ _
Washington, Fob. 15.—Tho Sonato Credit
Mobilier Committee hold a secret session this
morning, and adjourned till o'clock, when
Vico President-elect
was recalled, and bis attention was called to a
despatch Bent to the Now York Times on tho
10th of September l&Bt, contradicting, by bis
authority, the statement that bo bold Credit
hlobilier stock. Senator Stockton asked the
witness If be bad antborizod tho contradiction.
The witness replied bo bad a conversation with
General Boynton, and did authorize tbo con
tradiction. Tho despatch was tbo substance of
a conversation bo bad with General Boynton.
Tbo witness would tako tbo word of General
Boynton. Ho is a man of character, and is
was recalled, and tostliled that bis conversation
with Amos In relation to taking stock might
have boon earlier tbon 1807. It probably oc
curred during tbo session of 1800 1 could not ro
iriembor. Tbo money was paid for tbo stock by
the witness. Tbo receipt produced by Amos
and Signed by witness called for 200 shares,
whereas, in point of foot, bo received 800 shares,
and put them in tho bands of a broker to soli.
was sworn. Tho attention of tho witness was
called to tho despatch oi Sept. 10 in relation to
Senator Wilson. Ho testiflod he sout the des
patch to tbo Times while serving that paper
to accommodate its special correspondent, who
was out of town. Tbo despatch Wus authorized
by Senotor Wilson, It was written by witness,
ipit not submitted to Senator Wilson before be
{ng sent. Mr.' Wilson stated ■ nothing About hla
wife having an interest in tho Credit Mobllior.
was recalled. Ho road a lengthy statement to
tho offcot that Dr. Durant’s contribution towardn
tho oxponsos of tho lowa election was volun
tary on his part, not tho result of any intima
tion from tuo witness, or from auy one at tho
instance of tho witness. It was not made in
consideration of any service performed or to ho
performed, personally or ofllclally, by tho wit
ness for him or auy other norson or company s
that thoro wan no such understanding expressed
or implied. Ho did not think Dr. Durant offered
to inlluoiico Ids oflicial notion, Ho believed Dr.
Durant mado tho contribution solely out of per
sonal regard for witness as a friend, and from
tho conscientious belief on his part that it would
bo a bonoflt for tbo State, whore bo (Durant)
hold a largo property interest, aud for tho Nation
that iho witness should bo rotumod to tbo Sonato.
This contribution was rocolvod in good faith for
tho purpose named by tbo donor, and ho boliovod
was applied ,in tho sumo way as a contribution
from any otbor poroonnl friond. Its reception
aud uso had no reference whatever to iho don
or’s connection with any public or private enter
prise. It was received aud applied with tho same
motlvo wbtoh has led tho witness at tho sugges
tion of friends on various occasions to colloot
and apply what would amount in tho aggregate
to largo sums for tho bonoflt of othor candidates
for office, Stale or National, lust as ho aided,
lose than a year since, to colloot considerable
sums to bo forwarded to North Carolina, Penn
sylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Nebraska, for de
fraying tho oxponsos of election of members of
tho Legislature, which would bo required to
elect . United ’ States Senators’ tho de
sire to socuro tho ro-oloction of certain
eminent United States Senators being no small
Sari of tho motlvo influencing donations. As to
10 datosof tho drafts, although tho witness was
unable to glvo definite information, it is his be
lief that they wore received after tbo dato of tho
lowa October election. They woro both rocoivod
at tho sarao time. They probably boar difforont
dates. Neither of them was cashed immediately
after Its receipt. Ouo of them was probably do-
J molted, and cliookod oat aTtorwarda. Tho coali
ng of ono of them was probably deferred until
lato in iho autumn, possibly in tho winter. Ono
of tho chocks was possibly cashed in tho auttmm
or winter following tho October olootion of 1805.
As to whom those funds woro sont to for use,'
tbo witness bad no data to make a complete ex
hibit. Tho funds passed,'ln fact or by anticipa
tion,from timo to timo, into tho hands of friends,
and wore applied by thorn oithor to reimburse
oxponsos previously incurred or to pay current
demands for which no account was ovor required.
Tbo amounts handed to frionds for expenses
would exceed tho amount of both chocks. Since
yesterday tho witness, at tho wish of tho Com
mittee, conversed with personal friends in refer
ence to persons to whom Ihoso funds woro in
trusted, or who woro thus reimbursed, with a
viow to refresh bis memory. Funds woro sent
to B. S. Noble, of lowa, as boforo stated. Funds
wero intrusted to Mr. Gurley, at ouo timo United
Slates Attorney for tho District of lowa. Some
thing was handed to Colonel William Penn
Clark, now of this city; to Colonel T. H. Stan
ton, united States Army, to reimburse expendi
tures made by them. Throe hundred dollars woro
sent to T. S. Woolson, member of tbo State
Sonato, at Mount Pleasant, tho plnco of resi
dence of witness, with instructions to use as
much as was necessary to pay hotel bill, carriage
biro, and services of messengers during tbo con
test, over S2OO dollars of which, however, bo
afterwards returned, stating that ho needed but
little. Tho witness has an impression that part
of thoso funds wont into tuo possession of
Elijah Bolts, through tho hands of otbor parties,
without Sells knowing tbe source from which it
come, but ho (witness) had not vet boon able to
trace it. Thoro wore others ■whoso bills wore
paid, who disbursed funds to defray expenses,
whom tho witness is unable to particularize. Tho
witness was then taxed to his utmost capacity
with tho business of iho Interior Deportment.
Ho was unable to give much thought to what
thon seemed to bo so small a matter as his elec
tion as Senator, behoving that if not elected, he
could remain in tho Cabinet.
Mr. Stookton—For what purpose was this
money subscribed. What did they do with tho
money in tho election of tho Senators in lowa ?
Answer—l will explain that my knowledge on
the subject was chiefly derived from fnonds,
until a year since.
As to tho purpose to which tho money was ap-
Slied Mr. Harlan’s statement sots forth that by
ie manner in which Senatorial elections aro
carried ou, tho contest being first on
tbo candidates for tbo Legislature, a largo
expense la involved, especially in travclliug
through tho State. It details at length how tho
frionds of tho candidates aro put to expense in
attending at tho Capital about tho timo of elec
tion by the Legislature. It was to moot this
oxponeo that Durant's ebooks woro appllod. Tho
difficulty of tracing tho application of funds un
der such circumstances, and so long ago was
I desire to old tho Committee to tho extent of
my ability in tho performance of tholr duty, by
disclosing fully all I know about each subject of
legitimate inquiry t but as some of tho 'ques
tions propounded during tho latter part of my
examination, yesterday, seemed to bo simply for
tho purpose to inquire into my conduct in rela
tion to matters which 1 appear to my mind
as outside what 1 had supposed to bo
tho legitimate purview of tbo original
inquiry, loading to tho examination of my eon-,
duct in mother official position, as stated by tiie
members of this Committee in propounding
some of these questions, I think I ought not to
be interrogated further as to theso points, until
I have aa opportunity to know what the sup
posed offences aro. Then I can offer rebutting
testimony to tho ontiro satisfaction of ovexy
Senator and overy fair-minded citizen of this
Senator Harlan was then asked,
“Were you ovor threatened in any way by a
presentation of checks ?”
Answer—“l do hot think anything of that
kind over occurred.”
a correspondent of tho press, was called and
asked whether J»o hod any personal knowledge
os to whether the cheeks, or stubs, or copies of
them woro shown to Mr. Harlan to influence his.
action. Tho witness replied that ho published
tho statement, bnt had no absolute personal
knowledge of tho presentation of thoso checks
or stubs to Senator Harlan. Ho was further
asked whether ho know of any person who know
whether they were presented, Ho replied ho
know of nobody of hla absolute personal knowl
edge. >
Tho Wilson Credit Mobilier Commlttco was
not in session to-day. Tho Committee do not
expect to examine any more witnesses, with the
exception of General Dodge, whoso arrival is
still awaited, and it is not known when ho will
WASJ n^aTON » Fob. 15.—At tho sitting of tho
Ways and Moans Committee, to-day,
of tho Now York Stook Exchange, testified that
the letter of Judge Sherman. claiming SIO,OOO
for services in Washington, had been mislaid,
but would probably bo produced in a day or two.
He presented tho report of tho sub-Committoo
of the Stock Exchange, to which Judge Sher
man's claim was referred, which sots forth that
no basis for a valid claim by Judgo Sherman was
found. Mr. King produced tho lottor from Judgo
Sherman, dated Cleveland, March 27, 1872,
addresod to L. Lockwood, Jr., in which it was
stated that, at tho instance of tho father
of Mr. Lockwood, ho (Judgo Sherman) made an
effort to effect changes In tho law, so as to ex
empt bankers and brokers from lioavy taxes.
His efforts and inflaonao resulted in a virtual re
peal of those laws. Tho writer, therefore, wrote
to ascertain whether tho Stook Exchange Com
mittee would recognize tho contract and ser
vices. Mr. King (the witness) hod no knowledge
of Colgate's report concerning tho alleged prop
osition of Bassett, Clerk of the Committee ou
Ways and Moans. The Stock Exchange never
used money for corrupt purposes in connection
with legislation, nor have tho members thereof
any impression that money can buy legislation
in Washington. ,
The investigation will bo resumed on Mop
day, when several members of the Stook Ex
change will bo examined.
Washington, Feb, IC,—Mr. SHERMAN, from
tbo Committee to notify tbo President ana Vico
President elect of their election, mado a report
similar to that of tbo Committee of the Mouse
on tho samo subject; •’
Mr. MORRILL, of Maine, from tho Commit
tee of Conference on the Consular and Diplo
matic Appropriation bill, mado a report, which
was agreed to.
Mr, BLAIR introduced a bill in relation to
certain swamp lands in Missouri.
Tbo rnlo offered by Mr. Anthony yesterday,
limiting debate upon appropriation Dills, wos
C£ Mr. HAMILTON (Md.) said he would not ogroe
to the rule, if It applied to tho amendment for
the eetabMimont of dock yjtrds in the hands of
private corporations, because that wan a measure
which needed to bo debated fully.
Mr. THURMAN opposed tho amendment, un
less it wore ho Amomlod an to prevent tho recep
tion of any amendment proposing an appropria
tion for nny other purpose than to oxcouto tho
existing law.
Mr. TRUMBULL albo opposed iho resolution,
and moved to postpone it until Monday.
Mr. CONICLINQ sold tho object of tho mlo
was to onablo tho majority to tormlnato debate,
and bring the Senate to a voto on any given
question. Ho thought it proper and necessary
that tho majority should have tho power.
Tho debate was continued until tho expiration
of tho morning hour.
postal matters, •
Mr. COLE, from tho Conunittoo on Appropri
ations, roportod tbo Post Ofllco Appropriation
bill, with amendments, among wmoh aro tho
Prohibiting tbo trausmlesion of any froo mat
ter whatever, not • excepting newspaper ex
changes ; requiring persons receiving malls by
carriers to provide proper boxes at thoir dwell
ings to facilitate rapid delivery. authorizing tbo
employment of an additional special agont to
detect persons sending obscene matter; striking
out tho provision requiring railroad companies
to mako contracts for postal oar service as a con
dition of receiving Increased pay • providing
that additional pay may bo allowed for daily
postal car service.
Mr. SAWYER introduced a bill to incorporate
tho‘Southern Homestead Emigration Company,
giving power to loaso or soil land anywhoro fa
tho United States.
Mr. THURMAN moved to tako up tho Two Por
Cent bill.
Mr. MORTON favored this motion. Tho States
of Ohio, Indiana, aud Hlinois, ho said, woro in
terested in this bill. It was duo to thorn that it
should bo aotod upon.
Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN opposed iho motion,
which was rejected—yeas, 24 5 nays, 81.
On motion of Mr. ANTHONY, tho unfinished
business, tho Naval Appropriation bill, was laid
on the inblo, ailcl tbo Semite proceeded with tbo
consideration of tho Anthony resolution,
on tho Appropriation bills.
Mr. TItuHBULL moved to postpone it until
Mr. SHERMAN said the timo had oomo when
it was necessary to havo somo form of previous
question, as this resolution did not go far
enough in that direction.
Mr. BAYARD protested against tho introduc
tion of any mlo that would out off discussion.
Tho majority, concocting tholr measures in se
cret caucus, springing them all comploto upon
tho Sonato. might think' it advantageous to limit
debate, but tbo minority woro onlitlod by tho
constitution of tbo Sonato to discuss freely all
public measures. >
Mr. Trumbull’s motion to postpone was re
Mr. BAYARD offered an amendment provid
ing that nothing in tho mlo shall he construed
to authorize amendments in the matter of gen
eral legislation. Lost, by yeas, 23: nays, 23, tho
Vico President voting in tho negative.
Mr.,TRUMBULL offered an amendment de
signed, bib said, simply to exclude general legis
lation. Lost.
Mr. OABSERLY offered a similar amendment,
which was also lost.
Tho resolution, as proposed by Mr. Anthony,
was thon agreed to—yeas, SO; nays, 20.
was again taken up, and iho amendment relative
to tho retired naval officers, tholr pay and em
ployment, was agreed to—yeas, 20; nays, 16.
Thd amendment providing that tho act of 18G4
shall not rotiro any officer boforo the ago of G2
was agreed to.
Mr. NYE offered an amendment reported by
him from tho Commitioo on Naval Affairs ou tho
11th instant, providing for tho acceptance of
proposals of tho International Steamship Com
pany, aud of tho Western Iron Boat Building
Company. Othor amendments woro offered ana
Tho bill, having boon amended In tho Commit
tee of tho Whole, was reported to the Sonato,
and several of Iho amendments woro concurred
in, but thoso rostering tho appropriations for
certain dorks of . the several navy yards, which
had been loft out by tho Houso, woro re
Tho question was on concurring In Cragin’s
amendment, relating to naval officers, when Mr,
EDMUNDS moved to strike out tho provision
giving them increased pay. Tho voto on this
motion showed no quorum present, and at 6:46
tho Sonato adjourned.
Mr. DAWES, from tho Joint Committeo to no
tify tho President and Vico President elect of
their election, reported that the Committeo had
performed that duty, and had boon charged by
thoso gontlcmon to report to tho two Houses
thoir acceptance of tho trusts confided to them,
aud their obligations to\ho people for tbat mark
of thoir confidence; also, tho assurance that
thoy would endeavor to discharge- tho duties of
tholr respective offices. '
On motion of Mr. SHANKS, of iho Commitioo
on Indian Affairs, after explanation by him, a
bill was passed making unlawful any contract
with tho Indians relative to land or claims en
tered into prior to tho act of' May 21, 1872, un
less such contract bo in wiling, and approved by
and ontorod in tbo Department of tholntorior.
Mr. WILLARD asked leave to introduce and
pass a Joint resolution congratulating tho Cortes
and tho peoplo of Spain on tho establishment of
a Republic in that country. Tho reading of tho
resolution was interrupted by- Mr. BANKS,
Chairman of tho Committeo on Foreign Affairs,
who said, “ I object. It is a proposition to recog
nize slavery in tho colonies of Spain."
Mr. WILLARD—Not at all.
Mr. BANKS—Certainly it is.
Tho resolution was not received.
Tho SPEAKER laid boforo thoHouso tho mes
sage from tho President calling attention to tho
condition of affairs in tho Territory of Utah and to
tho danger likely to arise during tho coming re
cess of Congress, from a threatened conflict be
tween tho Federal and Torritoriol authorities.
On motion of Mr. BINGHAM, tho message was
referred to tho Judiciary Committeo, which has
already under consideration a bill on tho sub
ject. ’ ' .
’ On motion of Mr. BRAXTON, a bill passed
removing tho political disabilities from William
Smith, of Virginia, familiarly known as “Extra
The House then resumed the hill ou tho dis
tribution of tho
Mr. PETERS spoko in favor of tho'amend-'
mont to make tho interest allowed date back to
tho time of actual losses, except in tho cose of
tho insurance companies, which aro to ho al
lowed interest only from tno date of the award.
Tho bill was further advocated by Messrs.
HALE and FRYE. Tho latter, while commend
ing that provision which refers claimants to the
Courts in their districts instead of tribunals to
sit in Washington as proposed in tho Senate hill,
said ho was a member of tho Committee on
Claims, and know how claimants wore robbed in
tho don of thieves outside of Congress, by men
who watched them at every comer and de
manded pay for inlluenco which they professed
to have with members of Congress, lie did
not want claimants froln his district to bo flout
to Washington, whore they would first have to
pay a claim agent 25 percent; then have to pay
hundreds of thousands of dollars to tho tools of
claim agents. As to tho claims of the insurance
companies, they wore entitled not to meroy
or equity, but to law, to tho bond, and nothing
hut the bond. Those insurance companies had
never shown any meroy to owners of vessels.
They had used their power without meroy. They
should not now come to Congress pleading for
equity or mercy. They had made a profit or two
millions of dollars ou their war risks, There
was no equity in allowing them additional
Mr. LYNCH also supported tho bill, with somo
reservations, lie argued that tbo war risks on
cargoes should bo made not to tho owner of tbo
argoos, but to tbo owners of tbo vessels.
Mr. MYERS (Pennsylvania) argued in favor
of tbo right of \bo insurance companies to sbaro
in the distribution of tbo award.
Mr. EAMEB argued in support of tbo amend
ment offered by him yesterday, admitting into
tbo distribution tho claims of all who sustained
losses by tbo depredations of tbo Confederate
Mr. BECK opposed tbo bill and rather favored
tbo substitute offered by Mr. Poland, in so far
as it referred tbo whole matter to tbreo Courts,
to sit in New York, Boston, and Pbildolpbia,
110 was In no frame of mind to dooido what was
exact Justice in tbo question, lie, therefore,
preferred to lot tho Courts of tho United States
say so, instead of Congress, Ho denied that any
part of tbo money could bo paid to make
good any other losses than those inflicted
by tho Alabama, Florida and Shenandoah,' be
cause it was for these losses that England paid
tho money. As to tho insurance companies, ho
saw ho means of escaping from tho conclusion
that they should bo subrogated to tho rights of tho
insured. But; if tbo Courts could And any way
to get clear of that, ho should be glad. Ho saw
jiouo. Tho monoy could not'bo kopt In the
Treasury. Hu would rather hoo it sunk in tho
ocean than to have It said that tho United States
Government had rocolvod money to pay for dam
ages for which‘Qroat Britain was responsible,
and had thon paid it for other purposes. Tho
good faith of tho Government was worth more
than all tho tnonoy. When tho Courts had de
termined tho question tho world would bo satis
Mr. KERR also opposed tbo bill. Ho was not
willing to follow his prejudices or dislikes
towards tho wealthy corporations of tho country.
Ho would say with tho utmost sincerity that ho
had entered on tho investigation of tho subject
with tho settled and deliberate determination, *
if possible, ou eorroot and honest grounds, to
dooido against thoso corporations, aud to doeido
in favor of tho othor classes of citizens, and of
tho Treasury, but ho would not do so much
violonco to his Judgment and codgoiodco aa to
glvo a voto which would, In his Judgment violate
tho sotfclod recognized honorable principles of
law. Thoro was an clement of cupidity in iho
bill. Ho argued that it should not bo in itn
present form passed. Ho very greatly preferred
tbo proposition of tbo goniloman from Vermont
(Poland) to submit tho distribution to tho
Courts. '
Mr. VOORHEES, n member of tho Com
mittee, supported tho bill, and replied to tho
arguments of Messrs. Book and Kerr.. Thoro
was in thoso arguments, ho said, an olomont of
rospoot to England, as woll ns of respect to tho
Insurance companies. According to thorn, tho
insurance companies must bo looked to with
awo. If not, thou England must bo looked to
with rospoot and awo, because that' Government
would hold tho United States responsible for not
applying tho money in tho way it was intended
to bo paid. A more degrading idea hadnovor
ontorod into consideration In regard to tho
foreign policy of this country. Tho distribu
tion of this monoy was tbo business of tho
American Govommont. A more shameless and
degrading Idea had never boon advanced in tho
Houso of Representatives as that a foreign
Sower ' should' follow here and toll tho
ovornmont of tho United States what
It should do with its own people, and
its own funds. It was not only absurd,
but it bad boon refuted by tho instructions of
tho American agents at Genera, not to bo com
mitted to anything • required at their hands by.
England, os to what should bo. dono with a sln
&lo dollar of tho monoy.' Whonovor bo odlild seo
is way plain in Bottling up the dreadful results
of tho droodful war, by standing up against tho
further accretions of ononnons -wealth, and
against further .speculation on tho sido'of
already bloated fortunes, but on tho side of iho
equities of tho poor, who woro not powerfully
represented, ho suoftld certainly bo found
Mr. BUTLER (Moss.) closed tho dobato in
support of tho bill, as roportod by him. Ho ar
gued that Mr. Poland’s proposition was wholly
inapplicable, and without any reme
dy all tbo small claimants, who could not afford
to suo in tbe tribunals provided therein. Ho de
fended tho provision of tho bill regarding tho in
surance companies, and stated mat the whole
theory of insaraneo was that tho premiums paid
tho losses. Tho fact In this case wos that tho in
surance companies paid a llttlo ovor 5
millions, and hod 1 rocolvod as war premiums a
llttlo over six millions. Not moro than two
thirds of tho war premiums had yet oomo in. As
tho claims stood, tho insurance companies, os a
body, had mado a million dollars of. profit. Ho
thought thoy had mado two. and a half or throo
millions, yot it was proposed to lot thorn partici
pate in this distribution. Somb mon called that
equity and justice, but ho know wboro tbo gen
tleman from Indiana (Corr) had got his notions
on tbo subject. Ho had soon him accompany
tho attorney of tho ' insurance;.companies,. Mr.
Eyarts. into the Committc-room of tho Judiciary
Committee, and listen to his argument.
Mr. KERR (angrily)—Tho. gentleman's state
ment is not true.
Mr. BUTLER—Wore you not thoro ?
Mr. KERR—Yos, but 1 did not accompany tho
attorney, ns tho gentleman states.
Mr. BUTLER—Tho difference is this : You
wero thoro ouly at that timo aud at no othor
Mr.. KERB—I had tho right to go thoro andor
tho courtesy of tho Committee, to Raton to tho
argument, l.wont thoro, but 1 accompanied
nobody thoro, oxcopt tho gentleman from Kou
tuclcy (Mr. Book).
Mr. BUTLER—WoII, that is tho keynote of
tho gentleman's argument.
Mr, KERR—It is not trao,
Mr. BUTLER—I did not seo tho gentleman
there afterwards, and simply saying that “it is
not trno” does not alter tho matter at all, when
tbo fact stated •is trno. Now, I amawarothat
it was tho agont. of tho United States.at Genova,
tho paid attorney of tho United States, who
camo before tho Committee and Raid ho was the
Eaid attorney of tho. insurance companies before
o was agont of the United States. Ho wont to
Genova as tho retained counsel of tbo insurance
companion. Ho camo boforo tho Comnjittoo and
argued tho caso in favor of tho insurance com
panies. Ho has boon on this floor, arguing tho
case, with what results wo havo soon, but-not to
change tho voto of auy honest man, in my judg
ment, who has hoard both sides. Perhaps ho
may havo influenced tbo minds of those who
have.hoard only ouo sldo.
Mr. KERR—WiII tho gentleman lot me .ask
him ono question ?
Mr. BUTLER—I cannot.
Mr. KERR—My qnostion'is whether tho gen
tleman himself la not tho hirod attorney of tho
othor claimants. - , .
Mr. BUTLER—No, sir. . .
Mr. KERR—I have heard it stated tbat bo is.
Mr. BUTLER—'That is false..
Mr. KERR—It may bo: Ido not assort it. -
* ’Mr. BUTLER—Thon It' is insinuating what a
man daro not say. '
Mr. BANKS—I riso to a. question of order.
It is not tho right of any member to charge an
other member with falsehood hero.
Mr. PETERS—Ho only' said that tho state
ment was false: - • -
Mr. BUTLER—I will not discuss that at all.
Mr. BANKS—It is not .admissible.;, such de
bate should not bo allowed.
Mr. BUTLER—I have said, nothing unpar
liamentary. 1 have nothing to take back; What
I moan to say is, that thoro are some men who
are so little acquainted.with transac
tion that they do not know it .when. they, see it.
[Laughter.] That is all X moan to say. r
‘ Mr. KERR—And you are oho of that kind.
-Mr.'BUTLER—That may bo, but I am not
alone. What I moan to say directly and exactly
is, that those insurance companies have received
so,o{[o.ooo for war risks, when they, have paid
out only $5,000,000. There are. some men who
seem to desire to give them .$5,000,000 more out
of the funds in tho Treasury, or out of tho funds
of honest claimants.' It seems to mo so mon
strous a proposition, that it cannot ho supported
by any honest mind for a moment. No honest
mind will support it unless such mind is led
astray by sophistry,
Mr. BIRD moved to lay the hill on tho table.
Rejected by a division.
Tho various amendments offered by Messrs.
Eamos. Monroe, Potter, and Poland wore sever
ally rejected. Tho vote on Potter’s amendment
was 85 yeas to 160 nays j on Poland’s, 05 yeas to
116 nays,
Tho bill was then passed by yeas, 122; nays,
67. •
It provides that out of tho money paid by the
Government of Great Britain iu satisfaction of
tho award of the Arbitration at Qoava, under tho
Treaty of Washington, in indemnification to tho •
United States, tho claims of citizens thereof,
and corporations organized under tho laws
thereof, or tho laws of tho several States and
Territories therein, shall bo established and paid
from tho Treasury in a manner hereinafter pro
vided to tho following classes of claimants in tho.
manner following 1
1. To all such corporations and citizens of.the
United States, actual owners of property at tho
time of its destruction, whether ships or.' car
goes,‘-outfit advanced, or other wages paid to
officers, seamen, or freights actually earned, lost
by oaptnro'or destruction, by tho cruisers for
whoso acts tho sold Arbitrators have found the
Government of Great Britain hablo, shall bo paid
tho actual indemnity, whore they woro not in
sured thereupon ortho Insurance was not re
The second proviso relates to Indemnifying
tbo officers and crows for tboir capture, and for
ibo loss of tboir property.
The third provides that tbo owners of vessels
captured or destroyed shall receive indemnifica
tion for tboir losses, when such losses aro not
fully covered by insurance.
4. Tbo United States aro to bo indemnified
for all tbo losses of vessola by cruisers aud for
tbo property on such vessels as lost in tbo same
mannoraa provided in tbo case of private ves
G. To all such corporations or citizens as
aforesaid, who bad paid tbo premium of war
risks on vessels and cargoes, or other property
therein, after the sailing of either of said crui
sers, to the amount of snob extra or war premi
ums paid by them, whether they suffered loss by
tbo capture of tboir vessels, property, or other
wise ; provided , that in case of such premiums
paid or socurod to mutual insurance pompanics,
tbo indemnity shall bo tbo difference between
tbo premium paid or secured, aud the returned
accounts or premium therefor.
0. To all Insurers, being citizens or corpora
tions of the United States respectively, having
insured or reinsured property so destroyed, who
shall show by exhibit of tboir books of account
.and business, that tbo war premiums did not
'otjual in amount tbo losses paid by them, be
cause of tbo property tboreaftorward captured,
lost, or destroyed by either or all oruigers bear
ing the Confederate fiatrt provided* the amount
paid to any mutual Insurance company for losses
so sustained, shall bo apportioned by tho Com
pany among tho members thereof at tho time of
tho louses paid by them respectively, in propor
tion to tho ihUrcat then owned by oaoh momhor
thereof; provided further, that no Insurer shall
have any claim or right in tho claim of any as
sured heroin provided for. because of any assign
ment either in law or fuel, unless such assignee
had actually paid adequate consideration there
There are four other sections to tho hill, pro
scribing how tho losses shall bo ascertained;
how tho claims shall ho presented, and prose
cuted bypotitlon to tbo United States Circuit
Court; how tho Judgments will bo paid by the
Secretary of tho Treasury on a certificate of tho
Circuit Court, If, after tho certificates are paid
in full, there Is any sum loft, it Is to ho accrued
into tho Treasury of tho United States.
Tho Conference report on tho bill for a Gov
ernment building at Memphis. Toun., was
agreed to.
Tho House then took up tho bill reported from
tho Commlttoo on Printing, directing tho Con
gressional printer to contract with William J.
Mnrtagb, of Washington, for reporting and pub
lishing tho debates in Congress for six years
from thu ‘lth of March, 1878, m accordance with
his proposal.
Mr. BEATTY, Chairman of tho Commlttoo on
Public Printing, made a statement in support of
tho bill, showing tho amount that would bo saved
under it.
At tho closo of his remarks, without action on
kho bill, tho House, at 4:20 o’clock.
Financial and Oommorclal Hoviow for
tlio AVock-»Xho Markets Yesterday*
Special Despatch to The Chicago Tribune,
New York, Fob. 15.—During'’ tbo past wook
tho stringency in money increased, tho lato gen
erally being 1-32. Foreign bankers havo loaned
tbulr credit freely to apaoulatoro ngalnofa atook
collaterals.' baa demoralized foreign ex
changes, and carried down the rates for sterling
to a lower point than for some tlmo past. Tho
speculation for a rise in gold has mado steady
progresßß, and tho highest point of present up
ward movement has been reached. Tho two ex
tremes of tho past week woro 113%@114%.
Government bonds havo boon steady and uni
form on small dealings.
; First-class railway mortgages and other prime
investment securities havo boon firm, with a
moderate demand.
Tbo stock market baa boon Irregular, and in
tbo main weak and lower. Largo holders of
stocks were free sellers during tbo wook, wbon
weak boldors wore forced to pay fancy rates for
money. • During tbo closing days, tbo general
market drifted into dulnoss, closing boayy on
tbo bank slatomont. Tbo doebno for tbo woek
raugod from % to 5% por cent, and was most
marked in Atlantic & Paoillo preferred, wbiob
foil from 86% to 80%, and afterwards
rccovorcd to 83%. Western Union was next,
dropping from 01 to 80% on tho announcement
that tho Executive Committee bad ratified tbo
salo of 16,000 shares made by President Orton,
Later tbo stock rallied to 89, and closed at 87%
@87%. Erie, Missouri, Pacific, and Hannibal <fc
Bt. Joseph common fluctuated 8% nor cent oaob.
Erie declined from 60% to 63, notwithstanding
tbo dividend, but recovered to 65%, and finally
closed at 63%.
Tbo bank statement Is very unfavorable,
showing that tbo banks, ou tho averages of tbo
past wook, lack, 81,299,000 of tbo 25 nor
cent reserves required by ‘ law. Tbo
banks wore never before in ibis
condition at this season. Tbo fact that they arc
now so poor in reserve is stated to bo due to tbo
sovero contraction last year of tbo 8 per cent
certificates, and by tbo unusually heavy ship*
monts of spocio within tho last six months,
wbiob in turn was caused by tbo f aofc that Eu
rope took fow American securities during tbo
latter part of 1872.
Many vessels delayed by stormy weather ar
rived this week, increasing the imports and cus
toms duties.
Money was active to-day, opening at 1-64 to
1-33, but tho rato dropped to 7, and lato in tbo
day loans mado as low as 8. Discounts woro
dull at from [email protected] Tbo rato of domestic ex
change is against this city, and has boon so
during the whole wook, causing a drain of legal
was aotlvo and higher, advancing from 114% to
114%. Tho advance was attributed to heavy im
ports and tbo bank statement. Tbo shipments
of bullion for tbo wook will aggragnto about
8750,000, of which over $500,000 aro Oliver bars.
Only a fow gold bars woro sont out.
Tlio stock market -was weak and lower. Thoro
is a Washington pool in Union Pacific, tho mem
bers of which have been selling heavily. In
Lake Shore, tho contest is for tho control of tho
road, it being understood that if tho present
managers remain in powor an alliance will be
: made with tho Erie.
Government bonds wero firm on higher gold.
Hour was weaker for medium spring and low
and medium winter, and heavy for shipping ex
tras. Family grades woro steady. Wheat
opened very strong, especially choice spring.
Winter quiet and unsettled. The market closes
quiet, dealers apart.
, Pork was firmer and fairly active, with' sales
of 1,250 brls now mess for April at sl4.C23*[email protected]
14.70, and 250 brls do for March at $14.02>£.
New moss quoted at about $14.60 cash; 400 brls
extra prime sold at $11.50. Tho market is firm
for dry salted moats; for shoulders, 5%0 asked,
6#o bid; and [email protected] for short cut hams on
spot. Bacon was firm, with sales of 100 boxes
long clear at.7^o; short clear is hold at 7%0.
Lard was firmer, but not active. Sales are re
ported of 100 tea prime Western on dock at B^c;
000 tes do for February at 8%o; and 250 tes for
April at B%c,
Burning of tliolUcnry A* Jonos—Tnron*
ty-ono Ijlvos most*
-New Orleans, Fob. 15.—'The steamboat Hen
ry A. Jones, from Houston for Galveston, with
a cargo of 442 bales of cotton, was destroyed by
fire this morning, in Galveston Bay. Twonty
ono lives woro lost; among them woro thoCaptain,
J. Price, first clerk, and James B.' Hogan,
second dork. Both woro well-known stoamboafc
Galveston. Fob. 15.— Tho steamer Charles
Forbes brought to this city tho rescued from tho
burnt steamer Henry A. Jones. Among them
ore assistant-pilot Davis G.
on watch at tho time of tho disaster. Ho gives
the following particulars: When about throe
miles above Rod Fish Bar, at 4:60 this morning,
the watchman on tho lower dock called out, “Rod
Fish light iu right.” A watchman was m tho
act of casting the load when an explosion was
hoard, something like tho escape of steam, but
more resembling tho report of a gun. The first
fillot, who was on tho roof, ran down to the
owor dock, and immediately sang out to tho as
sistant pilot to make his escape, as tho boat was
on fire. Gordon immediately loft tho wheel and
ran down stairs. When ho got bolow ho found
the fire had wrapped tho whole boat and oargoin
a sheet of llamas. He had only thno to roach
-the barge. Tho Jones had 442 halos of
cotton, a lot of hides, etc., on board,
and a - barge of wool in tow. About
tho time Gordon reached the borgo
it caught fire, aud was lot loose from tho burn
ing boat, and floated away. Murphy, tho engi
neer on duty, did not escape. All is conjecture
regarding the cause of tlio disaster. Tho prob
abilities are that tho fire-wall gave way, and that
tho report hoard by Gordon was caused by its
fall. It. is certain that tho whole vessel aud
cargo woro in flames within five minutes
after tho first alarm. Tho following are known
to bo loot: J. J. Price, 'first clerk: James
Hogan, second clerk William Murpliy, first
engineer; Peter Peterson, cooper j
John Cummings ;D, Turner; Jno. Callahan 5
Christopher Biiolby; James Brown; Win.
Hughes s 11. Hurty t Wm. Brady j * White
Charley,*' deckhand ; Bob Files, fireman 5 Wm.
McGuire, first cook: Wm. Bishop, second cook;
one boy, name unknown ; Alfred, cabin boy 5
Alex. Bolts, cabin hoy 5 and two stokers, names
unknown. Thoro wore forty-eight people on
hoard, of whom twenty-seven woro saved. The
loss is about $50,000 to tho Direct Navigation
Company. No insurance.
To Bo XDuiigcd*
Galeshuho, 111., Fob. 15.—Tbo Jury in tbo
oaso of Osborne. who has boon on tnol boro, for
the past ton days, for tbo murder of Mrs.
Matthews, at Yates City, In August loot, brought
in a verdict, at 8:00 this morning, of “ Guilty of
murder in the first degree," and sentenced him
to bo banged. The Judge, on Monday net,-will
fix the date that tho sentence shall bo carried
into effect.
Four Yoitr* for Murrtur.
Amiamy. Fob. 16.— Wilcox, charged wilb the
murder of Ijolb, was found guilty in tbo third
degree, and sentenced to four years’ imprison
Madrid, Fob. 15.— The snow. In Ajicay and
Navarro prevents oporatloua by the. Spanish
troops against the Carlisle.
Sonor Hnlmoron, Minister of JubMco, will pro
oout a bill to'the National Assembly, to-day,
providing for tbo abolition of capital punish
The Government have ordered the suppression
of the Itoyal Guard, • •
It is probable that tho Council of State will
also bo suppressed.
It is assorted that tho Governments of tho
United Slates of America, Franco, England, Bel
gium, and Switzerland will soon recognize tho
Republic of Spain.
Tho establishment of the Republic woo cele
brated last .night by a general Illumination.
Tho streets wore crowded, but there was no dis
Despatches from the provinces report that
tranquility exists everywhere, except in districts
disturbed by the Carlisle. It is said, however*
that tho army Is opposed to tho Republic, and
favors a monarchy, but la divided in Its cholco
for a ruler between tho Duke Moutpousior and
tbo ox-Queon Isabella.
Don Carloa entered ‘Spain on’Thursday last.
Tho Carlista aro working vigorously to advance
tho interests of their loader.
Saragossa is practically blockaded by tho In
surgents. The insurrectionists havo cut the
railway between this city, north, and tho town of
Among tho measures contemplated by tbo
Ministry aro tbo separation of the Church and
State, and tho appointment of Judges for life.
Costolar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a do-,
snatch acknowledging tho receipt df congratula
tions from South Americans in Faria, Hays that
thoy Will havo to withdraw .tlxnlr support from
tho Cuban separatists, now that tho Antilles aro
under Republican Government. Re also says It
has boon decided to aWalt the arrival of Depu
ties to tho National Assembly from. Cuba boforo
arrangements for reforms in that island aro
made. Tho Government, intends to suppress
tho Ministries of tho Colonics, Justice, ana Pub
lic Works, and abolish tho system of retiring on
Tho appointment of Favia to tbo chief com
mand of tho troops in Catalonia is denied. It is
said, however, that ho will bo appointed to an
other command equal in prominence.' The
Official Gazette will soon publish a decree for tho
reorganization of tho militia.
The reports that au Alfonsist pronuuoiaraonto
has boon issued in* tho southwestern portion of
Spain ia pronounced untrue. .
Despatches have,boon received hero from Now
York, stating that aomo of tho -journals of that
city publish artioloa assuming that tho establish
ment of tho Republic must.load to the indepen
dence of ,Ouba. Tliia view is emphatically de
clared. in Ministerial circles,'‘to bo'erroneous.
Notwithstanding tho other very‘important* mat
ters presaing.upon tho Government, their atten
tion has already been given ; to the subject of
maintaining tho authority ,of Spain in Cuba.
Tn tho Assembly, 10-day. billa wore read grant
ing amnesty to prisoners charged with complici
ty in the redont'Republican demonstrations: de
claring that justice shall hereafter bo adminis
tered in tho name of the people. *•
Ecbogarry, Minister qf Finance. declared that
tho financial obligations of Spain shall bo re
spected.- The- declaration * was greeted l with
cheers. Ho said . the Republican Government
was interested .in maintaining the credit of tho
nation, and “Respect, for right” will belts
Montomarhas resigned as Minister to Italy.
1 Missionairo will probably succeed him.
• The rcprcpentatmm.to England and Portugal
remain at their posts.
Special Despatch to The Chicago Tribune.
Ottawa', 'Fob. 15.—An ugly rumor 'is current ,
in to * the effect that the cause of the
fire,, which ‘destroyed the-Court House and
official documents, was caused by a carouse of
tho officials in tho building at night.
A report curronfoboro that Judgo Course], of
Montreal,' is to bo taken into tho Dominion cab
inet. '>
The Liberal party.in .Quebec have carried mu
nicipal elections, :
Tohonto, Fob. 15.—An indignation mooting
of citizens was hold last night, when tho Nar
row Gauge Railways jrero condemned for not
keeping the contract in supplying the citizens
with wood at reduced rates'.. Government inter
ference Is supplicated. .
Mataxobas, F0b.14. —Lastnlght the'garrißCn
for Fort Losa Mata- became’aiaaatisfled vrith
tholr treatment ■ and long - arrears of pay,- and
deserted in a-body, dragging tho guns of ■ the
fort outside and- oischarcing them. Tho men,
200 In number, took all. their arms. They were
pursued by cavalry. •
It is rumored that the Mexican Government is
preparing to remove Cortinas, and a pronnneia
monto is anticipated from him. -
. Vienna, Fob. 15.—Prince Anersperg, President
of tho Council, introduced an Electoral Boforzh
bill iu tho Roichsrath r to-day. , It" providos' o
direct election of members of the Lower Houso'
and for an increase* of tholr number.' Tho hill
was referred.
Berlin, Nov. 15.—1n tho Chamber of Depu
ties, to-day, Looka announced' that ho accepted
tho Royal message, appointing a Commission to
investigate the alleged, official corruption, and
withdrew the morion fortho appointment of on
investigating committee.
A Panic in tho Mormon Church—Utah
at tho Vicuna Exposition—llrutal
'Balt Labe, Fob.'ls.—Tho special message of
tho President on Utah affairs is a stunning blow
to the hope of tho Polygamous thooorats. -The
Church organs aro evidently at a loss what to do. -
Tho Herald says it is another, heavy doso; but
they must dance to tho music furnished them,
and repeats the : threadbare ' argument that
Polygamy, boing part of- tholr religions faith,
is above rightful attack.' ...
. ThoiVeios affects moderation and forbearance, ;
and says if a collision takes place, it will not be .
at seeking of tho people, 'The position of tho
Saints, it adds', in this, crusade, is peace, pa
tience, and calm endurance and resignation.
Tho general tbno of the Mormon proas to-day.'
is indicative of groat fear. It was hot thought'
possiklo tho Government would materi
ally change its long-continued policy of letting
time and advancing Intellectual and moral influ
ences solve tho Mormon problem.
Tho power of tho Mormons at Washington was
deemed impregnable, hut now danger is so im
minent, they ace filled with consternation. In
fact, a paulo prevails everywhere among tho
Priesthood, Tho masses bf the Mormons aro
apparently anxious to quietly await - results,
though it is well understood that a largo ma
jority of tho bettor class secretly sympathize
with tho Gontilo cause, and would joyfully wel
come tho day of emancipation from Brigham’s
despotism. . . ,
Hooper’s second speech in Congress, in reply
to Olaggott and others. Is pronounced by Mor
mons, as woll as Gentiles, the weakest effort of
his wliolo ton years as a delegate.
A most extensive and Interesting collection
of specimens of mineral and other productions
of Utah has been forwarded to New York for tho
Vienna Exposition. Their great variety, beauty,
and value aro expected to attract groat atten-
A despatch from Logan says that Charley Ben
son shot and killed David Crockett. Jr., at that
place, at 0 o'clock last evening, without provoca
tion. Benson Is still at largo.
Special Dupatoh to The Chicago Tribune .
Springfield, Feb. IB.—Another member of
tho House of Beprosontatlvos baa gone to his
rest. Intelligence reached here to-day from
Boscoe, Winnebago County, of tho death of
Bobert J. Cross, at his homo in that place, Ho
died of typhoid fever and erysipelas, having
gone home unwell ton days ago. Mr. Cross was
a native of Now York, whore ho was
bom sixty-nine years ago, and woo,
with tho exception of Mr. Thomas, the
oldest member of tho House. Ho was a mem
ber of tho Constitutional Convention of 18-18,
and ouo of five in that body who voted to strike
the word “white” out of tuo Constitution. He
was also a member of the last Convention, and,
at tho time of hia death, was serving his third
term in the Legislature. Appropriate resolu
tions will bo adopted on Monday.
New York, Pod. 15.—Bobert Emmet, son of
Thomas Addis Emmet, tho Irish patriot, and
nephew of tho colobrotod Bobert Emmet, died
at Now Rochelle to-day. Tho deceased was loug
an eminent lawyer of this city.
St. Louis. Ho.. Fob. 16.—Albert Oaaslday,
formerly a newspaper reporter In Eastern cities,
subsequently a theatrical agent, and recently
connected with the Keening Dispatch, of this
city, died suddenly at Jefferson City, to-day, of
paralysis of the heart.
Another Chnnco for Uro»-I?lN](’n Attaa*
sin In Grunted a Stay of Proceed"
Special Despatch to Tho Chicago Tribune,
New York, Fob. IC.— Stokes lias a now lease
of Hfo for an Indefinite number of mouths,
through a stay and writ of error granted by
Judge Davis to-day.. Tho public and press had
concluded that Stokes* execution was inevitable,
and this sudden change was a surprise. Tho
prisoner received Lis bod nows yesterday with
nonchalance, but to-day ho and his relations
present In tho Tombs could not conceal
his . delight over tho unexpectedly prompt
action of tho Judge who tnado tho
fioudorous ohargo in the Tweed trial. The oven-'
ng papers, most of which had editorials on tho
now ora of stem Justice as interpreted by Judge
Boardman,' had to strike another key la later
editions. ; Judge Davis said in announcing tbo
slay to-day:
; Whenever tho Judge lowborn such on application la
made, in a capital cars, considers tho question raised
upou tho trial, and Which may have affected the result
adversely to prisoner, to bo or ouch grave moment and
ncrlons doubt, either from their not having’been set
tled by tho higher Courts, or because of conflicting
authorities touching thorn, that lu his Judgment they
nro worthy tbo solemn deliberation of an Ap
pellate Tribunal, it Is his duty ■to accord
to tho prisoner tho opportunity to present them
for review, and in this case the duty should bo dis
charged in view of tho Irremodloblo consequences that
moyfollowhla refusal.,,Tho exceptions taken upon
tho trial of this cose aro numerous. Tho groat major
ity of them 1 deem to bo. frivolous, or of such.slight
Importance that they cannot ho regarded as having
prejudiced prisoner ; but, lu my opinion, they aro not
all of that description. Sotno of too exceptions to tho
nulngs on receiving .and excluding evidence .will, I
think, dorfetvo attentive consideration upon argument.
Xtmuuwl bora wnolUei- lUora In daUil. Tho exceptions
On whlch I have tho greatest doubts arise upon a por
tion of tho charge, Tho indictment was for mur
der In tho first degree. The Court and tho coun
sel for both sides concurred that the offence
was either murder in tho first degree or manslaughter
In the third degree, or Justifiable homicide. Tho kill
ing by a fatal shot from a pistol fired by the prisoner
was conceded, and I understand tub charge to Lava ‘
been in substance that from this conceded fact and the
circumstances attending (If tho law Implies tho mallco ’
that makes out tho case of tho prosecution fully and
entirely, unless tbo prisoner gave evidence sufficient
to sitUfy tho'Jury that tho killing was manslaughter),
express mollco must bo proved or prisoner cannot bo
convicted under tho indictment charging,a premeditat
ed design to effect death. Understanding the charge.,
of tbo icarnod Judge to havo declared os,
,o legal proposition ‘that tho law Implies tho
malice-from tho killing and • circumstances ’ of
cose,'so that tho charges of indictment were fully and •
cnllroly.mado out, unless tbo prisoner proved, by evi- ‘ ’
donco sufficient to satisfy tbo Jury, that his act was a.
less crime or no crime, I cannot but fool, In the light
of the cm erf referred to, that tberb aro* such grave’:
doubts both os to tbo correctness of tho charge and Ita
probable effect on tho deliberation of tho Jury as to
bring this application within a fair scope of tbo rule
that should govonr mo in determining mo In it. - Zt is
enough that 1 'cannot say that my mind is: free from
grave and painful doubts. I reach my conclusion lo'
this with regrot, hut having reached it, I shall perform
tho duty that springs from It with no hesitancy.-. Tho
writ of error is allowed, with a slay of execution
of sontonco, until the decision of tho General Term.
Ohio Coal Mlnorw Protest Against tho
Introduction ’ of Colored, lieu luto
tho Goal Diggings*
4 Special Despatch to The Chicago Tribune. • • •
tfouNastowN, 0., Fob. 15.—A procession of
about' twenty-five hundred minors marched
through tho stroota to-day with several bands of
music, aud a number of flags and banners, after
which speeches were mndo on “Tho Diamond '*■
by John B. Lends, President of tho Grand Lodgo
of Ohio) and a number of others. The crowd
was addressed to-night- by R. F. Trovolllck, of
Detroit, President of tho National Labor Union)'
who .was.prevented from addressing ;tho meet- ■
Ing to-day by detention of tho train.
The> object of tho demonstration was to re
monstrate against tho introduction of colored
minors, and to induco the rolling-mill puddlers,
aud other Labor Unions to participate In the
strike. Tho saloons wore all closed by order of
tho Mayor, and everything passed oil quietly.
How Ho Savcd-JQIU frock*
Special Despatch to The Chicago Tribune.
' SpniNOBiELK, - Fob; 16.—The salvation of' Per*.
toot's neck was duo to one reason—tho faefetbab
bo was put on liis second trial at tho option of
tho State’s Attorney, who did not condescend to
wait for tho mandate in such oases issued by the
Supromo Court. State’s Attorneys will see.
from this, that it is unsafe to ignore the legal
form of procedure.
Onstom mouse Excitement* Fatal
Fall—A Missing Ship— Miscellaneous
; ITOCal'No'lVS* ■ V ■
New York, Fob, 15.—A great dool of
was created by tho announcement at tfao*€ustom
'Houso yesterday that James L. Benedict's namo.
had boon, withdrawn from'tho Senate for tho .
Eoaition of Surveyor of this bort, to which ho
od boon nominated. Two Deputy Collectors,
are prominent candidates for tho office. -
: John M; Hodges, a Wall street banker, < last
night .fell 'down a stairway'at 'his residence Iri.
'Fifth avenue, andhroko his nock.
: .Fire., Commissioners Pitcairn. McHroy, and!
Foley, and Chief Engineer Hamill, of Pittsburg b*
yesterday examined the workings of Iho.Firo.
Department in this city. They will extend their
tour to-Boqton' and othor cities.
'The Investigating Committee of tho Commis
sioners of-Hzmgration exonerate. tho officers of
tho Gorman bark Argonaut from blamo in re
spect to the alleged abuses toward 1 passengers
on a late trip from Bremen. J.
•The ship-American Congress,;belonging to
Grinnoll and Monturn, sailed honco for Loudon
on 800. 7, and has not sinco been heard from.
She had-a crow of twenty-ono 'then, and a cargo
valued at $70,000. Her owners think she is lost.
At Morristown. K. ,J., David. Mooro. charged
with tho murder of his wife, was found guilty of
murder in tho second degree.
'Railroad -Accidents*
* Special Despatch to. The Chicago Tribune, ■
Oedab'Radios, lowa, Fob. 16.— 0n Thursday
last; some section hands near Boone, lowa,,
hitched their hand-car to a freight train while ia
motion, and. whoa they let go suddenly, a man
named Hoffrnan-was- thrown under the hand
car and sustained injuries, from, tho .effects..of
'which he died this morning.
Seven freight cars woro ditched four • miles:
oast .of Fulton, 111., this morning. No one waa
"New York, Fob; 15.—A despatch from Toron
to, Can., says that engineer ICollor was thrown
fifty foot into the air and killed, last night, near
Bonaventuro depot, Montreal, by the explosion
of his boiler.' The fireman was badly scalded.
A woman named Handorgan, standing near by,
was fatally injured.
Medina. N. ¥., Fob. 15.—While a freight train
going oast .was passing over a bridge across a
street in this town about 0 o'clock ibis evening
the structure gave way. Six cars fell into tho
street down an embankment about twenty foot.
Tho engine and part of the train ran over and
killed an unknown man on a bridge somo rods
oast of tho broken bridge. No train men wore
Cairo, HI.. Nov. 15.—A freight train on tho
Illinois Central Railroad, duo hero this after
noon. struck a broken rail at a (rasa four miles
from Cairo, and was ditched, demolishing three
cars loaded with bulk grain, and throwing eight
others off tho ’track. They can bo gotten on
again'. No person was injured.
Railroad Nows*.
Special Dcaoatch to The Chicago Tribune .
Osiikosii, Wio*., Fob. 15. —At a mooting of tho
Directors of tho Wisconsin & Lake Superior
Hallway, this afternoon, a complete organiza
tion waeoffcotod,—oflloorsasfollowsi President,
Q. W. Washburn ; Vice President, J. 0. Hoxio,
Now London ; Secretary, T, S. Allen, Oshkosh;
Treasurer, G. W. 800 ; Executive Committee,
Qabe Bouck,‘Nelson Fletcher, G. W. Wakefield.
Books of subscription will bo opened immedi
ately. Boports from Weconuo, Now London,,
and Shawano say tho people are allvo to the im
portance of tho rood, and surveys will bo made
at ouoo from Oshkosh to Now London.
Touonto, Feb. ID.—Tho Canada Air Line Bail*
road will bo opened (or traffic on Monday.
Tolographlo .Brevities*
The Joint Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church of Ohio moots in Columbus next
A Newport (B. I.) special reports the arrest
and imprisonment of one Essex for tho orimo ol
Incest with hia own daughter.
Ocean Stoamihlp Nows*
New Yobk, Fob. 16.—Arrived, tho Don&n from
Bremen, ana Celtic from Liverpool.

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