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JTOfjTDA V (iri'TS. OPEN UNTIL THIS DAY. 113 & 115 Statc-st. rmwurl attract tons offered to pur chttHcm of CHBISTMAS TOYS AND FANCY GOODS. WHY ■’Mi RECIPROCATE! lloiewlio received IToscnts on Christmas should not watt until next year to Return the Compliment, Out should go at onco nad tntiko tbo Hlvcr a NEW YEATS GIFT. BffIO.IUJILiG&CO., At 138 to 144 Stato-st., Unvo nn elegant lino of FANCY GOODS, HOLIDAY GIFTS, AMD USEFUL PRESENTS Suitable for either aox. old or young. OPEN FROM 9 TO 12 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, Bargains in all Lines. AUTISTIC TAILORING. ELY & CO. TAILORS. From Dec. s to Jan. i next, all Garments ordered of us will be subject to a NET CASH DIS COUNT of TWENTY per cent. The - Largest-and Best-Assorted Stock in our line oh Continent^ The most select “Modes” and thoroughly skilled workmanship. Wabash-av., cor. Monroo-st. blank books. 167 MADISON STREET. MANUFACTURERS OF BLANK BOOKS. _ OVEN MONDA Y, GUMTHE^S CONFECTIONERY WILL BE Open 111 Day Monday . CimiSTMAS-DAY. nUSIMBSS CHANCES. To Capitalists. Ittmq Olucoip, Oroiio-Swffiir. nnd Oorn*Hlnip [?n W , . l . Kn * lHl * l'°uU. 111., norotororo comluoiod " ,oM w " io January sth, 1882, 10 A. IW. UrncUy, 2.0)0 Mj*holß corn per dar. All cippolrO l®,:l J I r uml In tlri»l>ol(u»condition. Miirkut, Million, um) »lil|>i>lna fuellltlo* iiiicijiiqll'il. A »plon lor ttivoxuiionl. Kor furtiior jmitlcu* * lf *itddruis m;uo MUK.NCII, AMlsnco. • ttnnni W SUicor llullilliih. Ht. I.oiiim Mo. VUTLliltk' iMJCKI/r ood T.UJLC ft 111 I’liprerii Cmer C«ie«. fl ImAN 'ruble Knl vo* him! I lITU AMUT Pork*, ItOßOi** 1 IMuicU B iIBu nUnlvei, r»i>«an*. uml H IH n B .HI j-'orbi, Nat iVutuiniul l/RnBIMV IS El l*ookvf-kuiv«*. v WtUllUfl. ' llugiiira, Huliiort, untl j Mhrui'i, l.utllt!* 1 Nclt *nr*aiul Cutlery Net*. LB. SPALDING & BROS., 108 Madlson-st. nusiy/jss cahds. GSKI toty Goods, Gold Poos, Pencils, e ßodgers'anfl Wosteotiolm’s Pocket Knives. DKNTJUVny. A MAl*i*v eiIUISTiuAHOI FT. •‘I'EBTII, K ° ~ain *Brr bet. filling! Dl Inner prices. DUS, McCHESNBV, *»q (lurk-mx ~ MINJCIiAL WATKIU WAI Iftf Mineral ItoekßprluaWator is sold * • HU In burrels. bnltWruli. und cun». Wuariand puubuUleae«rbuiislod. Prv ■■ m tu uruiudus, tiutvlt, burs, return- LA H A nuts, und salouns. Address Wau- JVi u wS7,* kusba Mineral Uuclt dprln*l Co., * |l *-»V Uct ilcuwu ofllio. w and mMh>U»oii->c SCALES. FAiridAUKS* JT I STAS UAH U SCALES Ypßf»»lgsx~ U# ALX KINDS, I«?39ra9 ,> AIRQANK9,MOR«I&OO. C*r. till SC A nnh Ur., Chkit*. Bsuwaiu sot »u tus emus. WASHINGTON. Approaching Criminal Proceed ings Against tho Star- Bouto Gang. Doroey’s Combination Will Be Among the First to Be Attacked. Specimen of Brady’s Willingness to Accommodate tho Itoh her Crowd. Confident Assertion that Sargont and William E, Chandler Will Enter the Cabinet. Conflict of Opinion as to Gen. Garfield's Views on Ma honeism. The New British Minister Sot Right Before the Amer ican People. Col. Moulton Contradicts Former Tes timony Regarding Contingent- Fund Expenditures. Proposed Cfliifcrcnco or American Re publics to Institute Measures for Mutual llcnclll. Congress and the Canal—A Great Saving in Postal Contracts—The. Bonded Debt STAR ROUTES, THE Ari'ROACIIING CRIMINAL ntOSECUTIOXS ffcrchil Dltvatth to The CMtaiio lYUmne. W ashington', D. C., Dec. 525.— 1 n tho re cently-published letter of George iltiss, Esq., special counsel for tho Government in tho star-route prosecutions, to. Postmaster-Gen eral James, mention was made of several great combinations against whom criminal proceedings would be begun before tho grand jury In this District early in tho now year. One of tho first, if not tho first, of these combinations against which proceeding will bo taken is known at tho Post-Qlllco Depart ment ns tho Dorsey combination. Ex-Senator. .Stephen W. Dorsey, of Ar kansas, is at the head of the syndicate. There nro 134 star routes in THE DOUBKV CO.MIJINATION. At tho letting of July 1,1875, which was tho beginning of the present contract term, these routes wore awarded,to J. W.,Dorsey, 8. W, Dorsey's brother,'-John M. Peek, Joi.Vflt. Miner,.and J.ILWatUv. Mr. Watts hold but -foiirof the routes,- and after a short Unto ho failed, and is now practically out of tho mail contract business. J. W. Dorsey, Peck, and Miner worn in reality dummies for S. W. Dorsey, who, at tho time of tho beginning of tho present contract term, was a Senator. His muno did not appear on tho books of tho department as either a contractor or sub contractor until after he had left tho Senate, which was March 4,1870. THE ROUTES OP THE DORSEY COMBINATION covered points In sixteen States ana Territo ries. Tim total original contract-pny for service on those 134 routes was 51A109.U2. Brady allowed tho combination for increased trips and expedition of running-time an amount sulllclent to bring tho annual pay up to 8022,805. A small part of this increase was duo to lengthening of routes, etc., at the start, but Urn additional compensation al lowed. nitre and simple, amounted to 850-1,- KW. There weru curtailments amounting to 825,000. Thu total original mileage of these KM routes was O,bS7 miles, but Brady made changes ' IN THE INTEREST OP TUB COMBINATION reducing tho mllcagoovcr 1,000 miles. Of tho total number of mutes belonging to the com bination, twenty-live alone received an in crease of pay amounting to over $500,000. Thu records of tho department show clearly that avast majority of tho increased service ordered was unnecessary, and tho rottenness of tho allowances is thereby inferentially proven; but tho enso of tho Government against tho combination wilt bo supple mented by tho reports of the Government In spectors sent over tho routes, sworn atllda vits of Postmasters, mall-carriers, stage drivers, etc., proving clearly THE FRAUDULENT CHARACTER OP TUB SERVICE. f A sample of the way in which pay was in creased and money taken without adequate return from the Trensury'ls afforded in the case of the route from Dalles to Baker City, Ore. This route is 275 miles long, and was let for two trips per week, at an average speed of two amt a quarter miles per hour, for $8,286, Within a year tho pay was raised to 5?2,620, a majority of which was for expe dition, although the speed was increased only to three and four-tilths miles pur hour. THE CABINET. SARGENT AND CHANDLER, Pn fetal DUoateh to The Chicago Tribune Washington, D. C., Dec. 25.— A gentle man who is very near to tho President, and who has had nn interview with him slnco ho was in New York, says that Gen. Arthur bus decided to appoint nx-Sonntor Sargent, of California, Secretary of tho Interior, and William L. Chandler, of New Hampshire, Secretary of tho Navy. Nothing is‘likely to prevent the appointments. Sargent and Chandler, ho says, will certainly bo nomi nated unless Gen. Grant shall decide to ac tually interfere and make a personal appeal to the President that Chandler shall have no place In tho Cabinet. This It is thought pos sible that Gen. Grunt may do, us ho is VKRV MUCH KMUITTEJIEU AT CHANUhKR because the latter was tho successful loader of tho opposition to him ((Irani) at Chicago. Thu oilier Stalwart friends of tho President, CunkthigamPPlatt, are reported to bo satis* lied with the iiuiiilnutioii of Chandlor; so It scums that tho loading Stalwarts, with ono exception. have graciously consented that Uiu President shall put a friend of iilaiuo In the Cabinet as the rupresuutatlvo of Now En% gland; but the appointment of that gentle* man aftur all depends upon Urn fact WUETIUm IT SHAM. I*I.BABB ULY6SKS B. tolmvonraan who was against him nt Chi cago in tho Cabinet. U is known that Gun. Grant, too, Ims been very anxious that ex* Senator Chaffee, of Colorado—the father of Utu wife of one of Gram's sons—should bo made Secretary of the Interior, but the trims- Mississippi country could not agree upon Mr. Chalice us tho representative of that re* plon; and, in addition to that, it was urged that Chalice had so many largo land Interests 'Which still huvo to come before the interior Department for Huai adjudication tlut lie could not possibly accept that position. * TUB BOUTHKUH ASt’IItANTH for a Cabinet position, Hading that they have no hope to secure either of the two remain ing vacancies—the portfolio of the Interior or of Urn Xnvy— tiro starting tins rumor Hint, nflor tho holidays, ttmy Imvu goodtcasoii to think that they nan sucuru Uni War Denari* ini'iit. Thusiu claims urn utterly without fnumliUlon. It is tuaiuud u|io:i tho very bust nutluirlly Hint (ion. Arthur never lias hmt. and does not have, nuy iutenlion wlmlavnrof rumnvhig Hubert Lincoln trom dim denari* meat whlnh he Is now ho Hiiceussfully admin* Istdi lm.', and that .Mr. Lincoln long since re ceived assurances to that ulfuut Washington. I). C., Deo. 35.— Thu Wash* Inutun Pont today publishes an article on what it calls (Jen. (Jarlleld’s views us to tho Mtihone movement in Virginia. Thu statu* munt nmdu thuruln, according to tho Pont, comes from a "near friend of tho late DrcM duid. and one who, of all others, knew his mind mill intentions.” This near friend Is supposed to bo Dlaino. Thu revelations nru to this elfoct: irOnn. Oarlleld had lived ho would never tmvo aldad Maiiuno in any way. He was so utterly opposed to nnyinintr savoring of repudiation that bo would ratiior have soon ttio Hour* bona trimnpb for a time tban have I la? Ilnpuhlluaiifl win n vletory by cnalitlou with the dishonest money clement of tho Demo cratic parly. Oen. (Jarllcld dlil nut believe that the Hcpuhlicnn parly could gain a permanent control in tboPuuth upon such a basis ns was adopted hi Virginia In the last light, where tho real Imho at tho bottom was a Bullish one. and where tbo victory gained for Mahouo was tho accomplishment of suhlsh ends. Ho believed in e.uomlinga helping bund to every honest cle ment of Independence In tho Koitlh, hut, when it came lu striking hands with dishonesty to wngo war against honesty to gam a merely temporary advantage. (lon. Uarlleld would have turned bis back and absolutely refused to proceed. COMMENTING ON THIS STATEMENT, tho Pont says: Tbo above announcement of Oon. OarfleM’s views, coming from tbo highest possible uouicc, Is of historical value, anil shows (tie groat Oilier enuc between tbo two Administrations that were elected by the same votes. Whatever may have been Gcu. Garfield's views an the subject In question, one thing is so well known Hint It Is Indisputable—viz.: the active use of Federal patronage In nid of tho ilahono movement was begun long be fore Arthur's accession to tho Presidency. During the extra session of the Senate it was u matter on which there was con stant comment that nntl-Mahono Federal olllcera were being displaced from time to time by tbo appointment of Maliono men. Furthermore, Congressman Jorgensen Is au thority for tho statement that lie called on President Garfield and protested against any policy of tho Administration which would give encouragement to Mnhonc, and that the President replied, in elfoct, Uiat lie thought such ENCOURAGEMENT 6IIOUU) IIP. GIVEN, and that It could bo given without sanction ing the repudiation feature of- Mahoiic's fight. It was also well known at the time of Mahone’s lleudjustor Convention at lllch mond on Juno 3 that of the Jtopub- Ilcans, who constituted n majority of tlie convention, many were Indisposed to Join Muhone unless they had assurances that such action would meet tho uuproval of tho Administration, and, In order to satisfy these doubting Thomases, dispatches were obtained by Malione from Washington giv imr assurances that the Administration was In sympathy witli tho Mahone movement. These dispatches wore shown hy Muhone mid Ids lieutenants, and they had a power ful effect in inllucnclne wavering licpnbllc mis. Tho fact that these dispatches wero sunt from Washington, and Uiat they accu rately represented the views of the Adminis tration, has never been authoritatively de nied. ' Special DUpaicK.lo The Ottcaoo'TrOnMl. ■Washington, D. C., Dec. 25.—Tim sensa tional papers have Recently published extrav agant accounts as to what tliey treated as a delicious bit of social gossip, the elTuct of which was to charge that the now British Minister hero would bo shunned by society, because, although never married, lie had children whose mother was an actress’! and that ho would introduce these children here. Investigation shows that the scandal-mon gers have printed that which was not true, and have dono great injustice to a very esti mable gentleman, and that society, so fur from inquiring now, “Shall wo call upon him?” ought rather to inquire, “Shall wo correct an Injustice » m lb appears that Urn new British Minister, now considerably past middle life, when a young attach of the British Legation at Madrid formed an at tachment to a very estimable Spanish lady, not on tho knighted side or of the high fam ily to which tho young English Lord be longed, and lie lived with her happily for years, and had two children by her. lie always .recognized her as his wife, although Ids marriage was not recorded in British Court journals. Many years ago his wife died, lie lias never married since, and ho brings ids children to America with him. That Is all there Is In tho story which has made tho millionaire British Lord a bachelor and tho father of children whom ho is staking to Introduce to American society. Tho now BrlMshMinlster lias been fur many years a widower, and his eldest daughter Is to preside at the British Embassy here. It Is learned from diplomatic circles that tho new Minister is very much shocked at this extraordinarily cruel intro duction to American society. Those in posi tion to know say that, whatever social irreg ularities the Utisaluii Empire may tolerate In Its Ambassadors, Great Britain never com missions u man to high ofllco whoso social record Is not good. THE .CONTINGENT FUND. Washinciton, U. C„ Dec. 25.— C01. Moul ton, of Cincinnati, brother-in-law toex-Sec rctary Sherman, who has been hero ns a wit ness before the Contingent Fund Investigat ing Committee, left for homo to-night, hav ing concluded bis testimony. Ho denies in most positive terms Umt the Sherman bureau In tho Corcoran building, of which lie had charge, was supplied with either furniture or stationery from tho Treasury Department, ns is said to havo boon alleged by tho ox custodian, Pitney, and others. Tho furni ture, ho said, was rented from W. B. Moses, of Oils city, on the recommenda tion of Pitney, and tho stationery was purchased from Brad Adams. Tlioro is a lawsuit now ponding between -Moses and Moulton, tho former endeavoring to recover payment tor the rent of the furni ture at a rate which tho latter considers os exorbitant. ' . tv A FIIIK.ND OK SENATOR SHERMAN, speaking tonight of the tienato InvestiKatlon of the contingent fund, took occasion to en ter a protest against what he chose to term a growing evil—tho tendency of the Houses of Congress to be continually seeking to hives tlgutu somebody or sometluug. The coutin* gent fund uf the Treasury Department, ac cording to his view of things, was Just like, in many respects, the secret service fund of the War Department In time of war. It was provided to be expended hi tho dis cretion of the Secretary fur a variety uf things which could nut bo regularly appro priated for, and It was an Unadvised move lor Hie Senate to be demanding an investiga tion of Ids method of spending lu and asking n bl(l of particulars of tho expenditures, u wat casting upon him or his subordinates an imputation of dishonesty. and the fact that one such Investigation was hardly out of the way before another was started seemed to him to have the edect of destroying public confidence lu tho honesty of Government olUciuls without Just cause. UIIANT Washington, D. C,, Dec. Ss.—Private dis patches have been received hero today from MAHONKISJI. OK.V. OAIIPIEbD’s VIEWS. Nwetul IHtbJUh ti> 'ifu Chicago Tribune SET RIGHT. the new nniTisn minister. MARRIED HER. COI.. MOULTON, OP CINCINNATI. Soteial Vito alert to TJk Chicago Tribune. CUILI. uneasiness. Social DitpaUb (a Tin Ca«mso ivtiunx MONDAY, DECEMBER 2fi, 1881 various quarters of llm country asking In. re paid to t)io prospects of trouble on account of .South American complications. One from New Orleans salrl Uml nu uncertain feeling touching the mutter washcgliihliigto have a serious clfeet upon many business en terprises. At the .Stale Department assur ance was given to n gentleman In mi official position who culled seeking information with which to answer their dispatches, tlirtt, so fur as the Slate Department knew, there was no reason to helluva that any present complica tions anywhere would lead to actual trouble. There Is, however. • CONStimitAm.K ANXIETY nt the Navy Deptirtmeiit to bear deflnllly about the Alaska. The report that she had been fired Into is nut credited, but there Is general Interest, both at the .Stale mid the Navy Departments, to hear to what extent, If nt nil. the movements of the Alaska have compromised us in our' relations to Chili. Caut. Walker, Chief ot the Jlurean of Navi gation, says there can be no triiili In the re port that the Alaska has been llred upon, Tho Department would have had Informa tion of such nn occurrence as soon us any body. CIjAIMS. A NBW DKPAIITI’nB. Bpttinl Dhpalfh to U'ht CMcaw Washington. D. C., Doc. Bfl.—The Senate Committee on Claims Ims recently taken a new departure In the method of adjudicating claims, which it Is understood is then-suit of n determination recently reached to dispose of pending Southern claims'as rapidly as possible consistent with justice. The new method Is to consult by correspondence with tho prominent men of the section from which the claim comes ns to respectability nml worth, instead of, as heretofore, depending entirely upon the testimony of persons con nected with tho case, to establish or dis prove its validity. Since tho opening of the present session of Congress a large number of letters have been written to parties of prominence in tlm .South asking for informa tion concerning claims before the committee. AMERICAN 11BPTJIVL1CS. THK “CONGHESH OP PANAMA.” Bptetol DUoaUh to Tho tV.le.iw IY-Umne. Washington, D. C., Dec. 23.—1 t Isrti-. mored hi diplomatic circles that Mr. lllntne sent Instructions to the diplomatic represent atives of die United States In Central and Smith America to submit to the Government to which they *nro accredited a proimsltlon for tho revival of tho much-talked-of Con press of Panama for UlO better union of American nations. If die ‘dea met the ap proval of n majority of tho dllferent Ameri can Goverenuients It would probably have been Issued, askiiur each nation on the West ern Continent to send delegates to meet hi this city hi die fall of 1882. Whether the new Administration will carry this Idea Into clfcct remains to be seen. TUB ASSASIN. A QUIET CHIHSTMAS. Washington, I). C., l3ec. 2.l.— Gnltcau spent Christmas very quietly. Few persons are permitted to enter die jail Sundays, and only bis brodior and sister: are allowed to visit the prisoner, unless by authority from Judpe Cox or Scovlllc. John W. Gultcau, accompanied by a few acquaintances, called (hiring the day and had an interview with his brother. Late hi the afternoon, after these visitors had left, Gultcau partook of a hearty Christinas dinner. Tho prisoner had pre pared another statement for publication which he Intimates contains Important and interesting revelations bearing on his cose. For It ho wants 8100. CONGRESS AND TUB CANAX*. OUTSIDE INFLUENCE >IN OP TUB NICARAGUA BCHBMK—A COMPANY, IN CLUDING GEN. OIIANT, THAT IS INTEHEST- Kl) IN TUB MODIFICATION OP TUB CLAY • TON-HUMVKH THKATY, Washimotuk, D. U.» Doc. S3.—Another, business alfnlr Is Interested in Mr. Blaine’s diplomatic correspondence. Although there there la no more evidence that Mr. Blaine is connected with the Nicaragua Canal Com pany than there was of his connection with the Peruvian company, It Is a fact, never theless, that a projected corporation of which, slrangelyenough, ox-Presidei.it Grant Is olio of the charter members, is deeply con cerned In the proposed modification of the Clnytou-Bulwor treaty. Little inorelhnn u year ago Engineer Menocal, of the United States navy, obtained a concession from the Nicaraguan Government, by which cer tain citizens of the United States were given the privilege of building nn Inleroccnnlc shl|>-oannl over Mono cal’s and Amtmm’s surveyed route. Lust year and this year bills were introduced In Congress incorporating the Nicaragua Canal Company, it will be necessary, the pro jectors ot the enterprise think, to secure the abrogation or modification of the treaty In question, as a condition precedent to the guarantee by this Government of the 3 per cent dividend on the cost of Uio canal sought far in the charter. A number of prominent public men are in terested In the proposed canal besides Gen. Grant. These are his friend Gen. Beal. Con gressman Craoo of Massachusetts, Admiral Ammon, Commissioner Luring, ex-Dlstrict CoimnlsslonerPhelps, and Congressman Kas son, who will take care of thn canal’s In terests In the House. All these men oro en thusiastic believers In the feasibility ami Importance of the project. So fur us can lie learned Mr. Blaine has no interest what ever in the nlTnlr. It is the Intention of the projectors to make a vigorous chart to secure die passage of the charter re cently Introduced In the Senate by Senator Miller, of Californio. Tim incorporators say that dm are assured of the necessary capital as soon as the charter shall become a law, and they further say that the Government will never he called upon for a dollar under tho guarantee. They are convinced of the Impracticability of Uio schemes both of Do Lessups mid Capt. Eads. Beeentty, however, Gen. Grant, who last spring published an article In tho North Amtrfmn UetHcw in favor of die project, Ims been inclined to withdraw from it ami to lend a friendly aid to Capt. Eads. 110 has, however, not yet formally wlthdruwn, and It Is die hope nf the projectors of the canal that lie will continue to be associated with them. Thu effort recently made by Mr. Kasson to se cure die appointment of a special committee on die Interocennlo canal was a move in favor of- the Nicaragua project. The commllteoof die last Congress on ibis subject, under Uio Chairmanship ot Mi. King of Louisiana, was decidedly in Invor of the Eads ship-railway scheme at Tehuantepec. It is supposed that Mr. Kasson knows what ho Is about in moving for a committee at this session, and Uiat hu understands that Speaker Kelfur will appoint a committee which will look at tho subject In the sumo light Umt Mr. Kasson himself docs. This would mean a favorable reparttoUm House for Mr. Milter’s bill. The result,.however, may bo compromised between Uio Eads and UioNluiragua scheme. At any rate it may bo safely assumed did n strong pressure from tho outside In favbr of an (Tileroceanlu ship canal will be among the Interesting developments of the present winter. Kx-Sneaker Bondal) is strongly opposed to all projects of this character. Last whiter it wus Ills Intluoncc, largely, that prevented the conslderallon of either of thu two bills that weraronarted back. That his mind is not changed was surtlolontly shown by his ob jection thu other day to tho cousldorntion of Mr. Kasson's resolution to appoint thu special Inturocoanlo Canal Committee. POSTAL CONTRACTS. A CHEAT SAVING KPPKCTKI) IN TIIK COST OP STAMPS ANJ> XNVKI.OI>Ka—AN IN CUBASE!) AMOUNT OP GOODS AT A DK CKUASUO I'IIICK. Sftto Tork Tim/l. Washington, D. C., Dee. Cd.—The applica tion of business principles by Third Assistant Postmaster-General Iltucn in his division of Uio Post-Olilce Department has led to very satisfactory results. Tho estimated amount of expenditures required fur tho service of Ms cilice for the fiscal year ending June 80, 1883, Is 81,01-1,800, a decrease of nearly 3 per cent from the applications for tho same ob- alljj Jenifer the current fiscal year. A largo In crease in the niianliiv of supplies re qnlred Is expected, mid the decrease of estimates Is caused hy new and more ad vantageous eoidracls for the manufacture of postage-stamps and postal-cards entered into (luring Urn year. Stumps which cost tUH cents per 1.00.) under the old contract, which ran from ls? 7 to issi, are now obtained for li. Hi (rents per 1,000. Tim cost of.those under the contract which ran from is«:t to is 77 was M.W cents per 1,004. Postal-curds which, under the hist contract, tout up, fid cents per 1.000, arc now furnished at M.P, cents per 1.000. Krom IS7-1 to I*<77 Uio co.-l ol these cards was neatly three limes this sum. A comparison between the amount amt cost of supplies furnished from I'd to 1*77. uml the amount and cost’of those furnished from M 77 to Pwl, plahrlv shows the saving which lias been eifeelod In Urn .last four yearn. The total number of (damps, cards, envelopes, etc., Inrnlshed from Id to 1577 was a little more limn 4,(lV),000,000, at a cost of about SIUM.tnW. •Thu total tmtnher for the four years from 1877 to 1881 was a little more than ri,:vv),oo.),o(n), at a cost of a little more than $:»,040,000, m» that an increase of IK per cent In amount lias been accompanied by ft decrease of nearly 4 per cent In cost. A great part of tills saving has been the result of (hoi. Hnzen’s wise mid careful management of the arrangements ic hiling to ihe contracts. 'Hie requirements ns to quality of material have been such that they could not be evaded by bidders nr con tractors, and the awards have been made, not on the basis of an aggregate sum for many kinds of articles, some of which were in great demand, while others were used only to a small extent, but upon the aggregate of bids offered lor eaeti article, with special re gard to the number of each which had been used during the preceding year. In this way contracts euuitabln to both parties have been made, ami many thousands of dollars have been saved. THK BONDKD BKIJT. A PF.CItBASB IN TUB INTKRKHT CIIAIIOB OP NBAUI.V 318,000,000 m.-RING TUB Vbau. Washington, 1). C,, J)ec. 2J.—The amount of interest cm account of the public debt for wtiicli the Treasury will be liable on .Inn. S Is more than 810,000,000. of which amount 87,387,000 Is on account of the 4 pin* cent bonds, and the remainder on account of tho extended 0 percent bonds, which now bear per cent pur annum. On tho 4 per cent bondsonu quarter's interest, and on the extended sixes one-half year's interest, will he pnyablo on the date above named. It Ims been the practice of the department lor many years to anticipate tho January inter est, and the departmefrom this practice by Secretary Fnlpcr has caused considerable complaint from holders of small amounts of die two classes of bonds mentioned,'whose convenience would have been promoted at tills particular season bad the Secretary per mitted TieasurertiSllilhm to pay the January interest before the Christmas holidays. On •lan. 1, IbbO. the liability for dm semi-annual Interest on tuo 0 per cent bonds then out standing was more than 5H,000,000. Since that date the aggregate principal of these bonds bus been reduced f rom S'-’W.fXW.fXX) to 81.10,000.000, and the liability on account of the semi-annual Interest due Jan, 1 has been reduced from more limn 8(i,0ou,0o0 to 82,7Uu,- 418, which amounts to an annual saving on this class of bonds alone of 8.1.515,i.i0. The quarterly interest on tho extended 5 pur cent bonds Is payable Feb. 1. Thu amount of those bonds outstanding twelve months ago was. In round lipures, 85041,000,000. and die annual interest char pod thereon 825,500.000. The principal Is now 8401,000.000, and the an nual interest cliarpcd 814.000,000. These figures show that in the lust eleven months there has been u reduction in die principal of dm outstanding 5 and d per cent bonds of $148,000,000, and a reduction hi tho annual in terest charged of SI7,W*,iXX). NOTES. •TUB ASSISTANT PKCIIBTAUVSHIP OP THE TIIBASUHY. Spteial Dlnatth fo Hi# CHeaoo Triiun*. 'WtamNoroNt D, ( C., Doc. sy—Secretary, Folger, referring to tho vacant position of Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, says: “1 shall not select for that place any one who now holds a position In the Treasury Department. As to the choice 1 shall make, 1 believe I have about come to a conclusion, but I nm awaiting the result of correspond ence on the subject.” UK. I’AGE, of California, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, slates that It is not true that he is hostile to the intor-Stale commerce bills; that he voted for onu of the hills In the last Congress; and, without committing himself now to any particular measure, he says that lie shall give any bill relating to that subject a fair chance, so far us he can control the committee. Jilts. OEOKOK SCOVIU.R intends to leave lor Chicago immediately. Her family are apprehensive that any longer strain of the trial will prove injurious to her health, and they wish to have her removed from Washington before what now seems likely to bo Uio fatal result in the case is reached. EX-SPEAKKII IUNDAI.T, has boon Interviewed today on dm probable legislation of Congress during dm present session, and incidentally as to tho elfect which Sneaker Keller’s shaping of tho com mittees will have upon this legislation, lie docs not appear to have been mvorably im pressed with the selection of the committees, and is not Inclined to give Speaker Keller credit either for ability or fairness In malting the lists. CANADIAN NEWS. A Cliaplor on Hog*. Sp«W itopaicfi to Tt.i Oncaao Trtiunc. Tokonto, Dec. 85.— For tho eleven months of this year, from tho Ist ot January to die Ist nf December, 3,017 cars, each ear holding on an average of eighty hogs, have passed through Toronto from Chicago tor Boston on the Grand Trunk, giving a total for Urn above period of 243,700, or for die year of SM.OUO, Thu cars are under bond, die doors being fastened with the regulation metallic seal. Ninety hours is the usual time oc cupied in the journey between Chicago mid Boston, and, us Toronto is about halfway, a halt U made at Uio Dun yards to rust mid feed tho uulmuls. There are twenty pens built along die shlo of Uio track, with* two lauding places, ut each of which u car can ho unloaded in abuutthreu minutes. Mr. J. P. Squire, of Boston, who receives probably bO percent of all the hogs, has a stall'of men employed at Uicsa yards, who attend to dm unloading, feeding, reloading the hogs on the curs. Fresh bedding Is also placed in the cars. The cost of corn, water, hay, and labor amounts to about pur car at the yards, and Uio freight per hug from Chicago to Boston Is about 76 cunts, so that Uio whole cost of convoying a hog from one polnttu the other will be In tho neighbor hood ot HO cents. Tho Grand Trunk only supplies the cars and motive power, tho care of die animals, risk, and contingent ex penses devolving upon dm owner. Thu Unm for rest ami feeding varies from two to three hours. Thu dead hogs uro removed and taken to t)io rendering house, where they are thrown into a huge holler and converted into soap grease. A customs olllcor watches Urn unloading and reloading of dm hogs ut the yard to see Uiat all goes right. Possibilities of the tircot Northwest. tipHiat ZAipalcS to Jin (ftiMou Trtfiun*. Tjiuonto, Dec. liTi.—rrof. 8011, of tho Geo logical Survey, who Is here, thinks that with in a few years a railway will be built from Norway House, on Lako Winnipeg, to Fort CUuvcliUl. Nelson Ulver Is a mighty stream, tour limes tho volume of the Ottawa, though very irregular In width and separated into several channels. Bon* stretches of it are navigable. Between it and tho Clmrehiil Ulver Uve country is almost ns level as a prai rie. Thu railway could bo built over It al most by laying tho sleepers on tho sod. Churchill Harbor is tho llnest on the Hudson Buy, and one of tho bust In thu world, being. eight miles long by two or three broad. Tho territory Is well adapted . fur Urn cultivation of outs and barley and lu some nocuous of wheat. \ egi'tables grow to immense alzn. There Is also an abundance of mineral wealth. In Hudsons Lay the water freezes for several iidU-s Imm the slime, but melts in spring oi ls driven by winds Inin .fames Hay. No Ice bergs pass Hirmigi, the „lralte # which are navigable throughout Urn year ov steamers, hut, as the humors of Jlml-uni's |i-tv are closed in winter, such voyages would Im Iruiiless. Lake Winnipeg Is nearer Liver pool by direct runic than Toronto, and Northern .Minnesota and Manitoba arc as near as Michigan. P)*li (rum dm BrKint DmuffA in 7Ti« t’Alcuoo Trlbunf. Newcastle, Out., Dee. A consdgn nimn .if (termini carp, a present from tho United States (Jovermnent to the Dominion, iias arrived lit the Covernnieiil lisli-breedlng establishment bore. Mr. Wllmol. Ciovcrn ment pisciculturist, had prepared a number of ponds for tho reception ot the lisli. Prof, Dalrd..ot the tish-hreydlng establishment nt Washington, having signified an intention of presenting tlm Canadian (iovemiimiit with *-.000 carp, Mr. UTlmut proceeded last, week to W'ashluglon to take charge of the fish. They were shipped In thirteen large cans, the United .States (Jovermuent paying the cost of shipment to Niagara Kalis. Not a single iisli out of the entire lot died on tho way.. There was nn equal number of Urn two species of (ierman enrp—viz.: leather mid scale. The former has a smooth cover ing very similar to that of tlm “catfish,” while the hitler resembles tlm rock bass. Doth am a very hardy lisli. and it is expected will dowtfll in Canadian waters. Prof. Dalrd also gave Mr. WThnot tliirty-niiio specimens of eoidlish tor breeding purposes. Alnrmln tlto iilarlllmn Provinces. tfprefail UUpauii (u V7u CMc-tpo IVltun*. Ottawa, Dec. 2.T.—From private letters as well as newspapers received hero it Is ap parent Unit there is great alarm in tho mari time provinces at the prospect of the symll-. cute mnkiipr connection directly with Port- Isuid or other American port, and leaving St. John ami Halifax out in the cold, it Is known tljal Sir Leonard Tilley has received strong remonstrances from his constituents, while tho (iovernment organ in St. John joins in bewailing the unhappy fate of Uie maritime provinces if the syndicate are al lowed to break faith in this way. TimQue hcc Chronicle views the matter in a dllferent light, mid says: “The syndicate Is working on business principles, and will undoubtedly select Portland ns their terminus if it can be shown that it will pay them to do it.” The Cattle Quarantine. Special JH/ralth to he Chicago THhtm*. OTTAWA. Dl*C. 25.— Ti11! SUCVCSS Of UIR Cflt tlc quarantine ut Point Lev!, opposlt Quebec, IS such that it has removed nil objection tlmt could have been expected from Importers of stock to leaving a large herd of anlmntslhrec months iu quarnniine. A lame proportion of Diestock so quarantined beioims to Amer icans. who have repeatedly expressed their entire satisfaction. Among Dio cattle Im ported, which for Die hist two years liavo been principally I’ulled-Angus ami Hero fords, there was tills yi*ar noticed a numer ous herd of Holstein cattle from Germany by an American breeder, these breeds being specially adapted to dairy purposes. Commerce omiontrcul. Svtelal DitocAC.. o The Chicago iHfruru. Montiikai., Dec. 25,—Tho number of ocean going steamers tlmt arrived at Montreal for tho whole season of navigation this year Is 321, as against IJW last year, representing a onnage of 4-1(1,W7 tons lids year, us compared with 4715,741 last. In salliug vessels there was a slight gain in point of number, tlmllgure for this year being 30(1, and for ISS0 1 350; but very few of the .well;kiio\vii Iron clipper sillixh visited Dm port-this season,, and .tho vessels as a rule, were of a smaller class (Imu .usual, as is evidenced by Die tonnage re turns, which arc 83,472 this season mid 151,530 last. Goldwln Smith and the St. George’s So ciety. swt(al iXtpatch to The Chieam TVlbunr. Touo.vro, Dec. 2.5.—A circular lias been ad dressed to the members of St. George's So ciety by James K. Day and other membei-s of tho society, protesting against Dio refusal of the society to elect Goldwln .Smith an honor ary member, and appealing to it to reverse “ a decision which Ims neither conduced to thu popularity of the society nor Increased the resucct in which it is held by the Cana-, diau public at large.” The private, literary, and. social worth of Mr. Smith are dwelt upon, and it is announced that there will* be an opportunity for electing him an lionorary member of Die society on the third Friday in January next. ProlilMtloiiUlN. Ifpteiat Diiuatch to T?i» CJiientfa Tritun*. Toiio.nto, Dhc. i*>.--Tho annual meeting of tho Onluiio bnmcti of tho Dominion Alliuncu will bo In-lit in this city on the ITth and isth of January. In connection with the call for thi* meeting Urn Secretary submits a scheme for thu organUntum of a ProhlbllionAlllancu in each county, city, and Imvn. It la pro* nosed that, besides arranging tor unit direct lnis tuiupernncu eiunpaiuiis, these iillianees slmll collect yearly statistics of the Ihiuor trulllc uml its consequences, and circulate temperance literature. A Hlg Scheme. fip«(al DUpafc/v lu nn O. ten 30 Tribune. Mo.vniK.U., Dec. A party of capital ists who favor tho Shearer scheme for a still water harbor hero is about to form a compa ny for promoting thu undertaking, which is calculated to cost between S-l.uoo.tKW um| §r>,- (XX’.tKK). It Is said that no dinicully will bo experienced In getting tho money, and the originator of the scheme promises that when completed it will he self-supporting besides paying tho interest on the vast outlay. Civil engineers generally do not indorse tho prid ed, which they admit is practicable, but is without tho advantages elulmcd fur It. An Itnigy of l.uKcmi, Special IHtvuch to 77t< LVUeuuu /rltunf. Hamilton, Doc. 2’.— (iiilteau’solllgy was found suspended to a telegraph wire on IClutr street Uio otliur morning. Tho elllgy was full size, mid dressed even to the boots. It wild imtu? by Uio nock übont sixty lout above Uio street. Across Uio waist was In letters •‘Giillemi." Passers-by wero cull spoken, remarking that Uio ussusln and \ilhiln (iiilieuu should have been hung up like this elllgy. .Some proposed riddling It with bullets. Tho foiling In lliimlUun ugulnst Uio ossasln U certainly very strung. A Shipment of Varnish to tho,Status, iiytcial Vitpalch to Th* t’Alcuw THJmne. Kisosrox, Dee. 25,—Some months ago a (juanllty of shellac varnish shipped by Messrs. Harley & Co. to various persons in tho United States was seized by tho Ameri can authorities on Uio ground that It was un dervalued. Hulls wero Instituted to test tho matter hi tho court, Nnlieu has been re ceived to the elfeet that these have been abandoned, releasing about 312,00 b of vur- Canadian Immigration, Special iHtMltn (« To* Chicago '/Vibuni, Ottaiva, Dec. 25.—Mr. Luwe, Secretary of the Dopnrtmeut of Agriculture; recently vl»- Hod Port Huron mid tho western section on Uio lino uflimiilgrant travel with u view to obtain some further particulars regarding Uio alleged exodus of Canadians., it Is claimed by Government papers that tho result of Ins Investigations hits been to ounllrm the slave inout made some months ugo that tho United Unites Collector of Customs has been giving exaggerated ofllclul returns in tirnt respeot. Tlia Future Holer, Spiral IXjpolch to Tht Chicago TVifruni. Ottawa, Dee. 25.—An evening paper seri ously discusses tho likelihood of Sir John A. Macdonald’s speedy exultation to tho Ylee- Koyalty of Canada. It goes Uio length of saying that It is next to certain that the Mar- cents. PIIICI IN I uni* o/o h lie will tint servo out hU full !r i ,n * 5/S 5At Sir John A. Macdonald's op poluti[ w * I almost a foregone conclusion. The Northern A Nortliivcftierirdoml*. PprtOjf PUtwpJj to TPte Chleaoo TYfbun*. llamii.io.v, j)ec, 85,—surveyors aro at present engaged In running the lino of the projxjsod NorUiern.AXorthwestem llallroad from Hamilton to Toronto. It Is expected to liftvo tlio road nummg in ihroo months from the Hum Urn charter Is granted, and.that tho trip from Hamilton to Toronto will bo iiiado In an hour. Lund Nairn hy (ho lludnan Hay Com* Special Dltpateh to TUi Chieaeo TrU/une. SloNviuiAi., Dee, SW.-C. J. lirydgos, Land- Commissioner ot tho Hudson Day Company, who Is hereon a visit, says that Urn company had been felling on an average 20,000 acres a mouth, principally in Southern Manitoba, uud nl an average price of 80 mi acre. Hungry StuU. SpttM DUpatch to 'The Chicago 3V(sun«. Dee. 85.—Soma portions of Montreal arc so overrun with hungry rnto that cats freauently become food furthelr voracious appetites. They will fall upon pussy in battalions, and when they depart a tew hones and a little fur only remains of the unfortunate feline. A Credit OToblllor. Special iJiiMicfi to The Chicago Tribune. ' MoNTiiKALt Dec. t>s.-At a meeting of tho Directors of the Credit Mobiilm* held here it was resolved to apply for u charter at tho next meeting of Parliament. The capital Is 512,0011,000. Mr. Clmpleau, Premier of Que bec, is President of the Canadian Board. I>ontli or n S'luler* Spetial JJupatch to 71m CMeaoo TVttunc. Tono.vro, Deo. il-Mrs, Grotty, the old Indy referred to In u dispatch last week as not having tasted solid food for fifty-four days, L dead. THE FEEBLE-MINDED. The Goo.l Time They Untl LuU Saliir duy at illu SiiMiiiutiim ul L>n« oli. t ill. 4f*cta( UttpiUty Vi 'lht Oiieapo TWbuiu, Jil.vcoi.n, 111., JJcc. lift.—The Christmas ex ercises look place at the Asylum far .Feeble* Minded Children Saturday aUeunion. I)ec. til, uth o'clock. There were two evergreen trees—one at the right and one at the Jett of the stage—both decorated, iuiu apparently covemt with snow. When the curtain arose old Santa Claus was discovered standout «nr rouuded by presents. After a brief address from the reverend old gentleman, he retired*, The singing class was then gathered la front of the stage, and waved their handker chiefs while singing: liomiti! Ilarralit Dm-nibl HumOi! for ibu Puppy Chrhttnns time, iiuiran: lor ibo doily mm toys, JiurraPl—tor tlio piuuuu mat uover forgot Tim ilvur liulo Kiris uuu uoy*. The articles were then distributed by tho teachers mid attendants. Clothing, books, toys, jewelry, musical Instruments, elegant duds, turletoii bags tilled willicandy, popped corn. ami;fi tilt, and every conceivable kind of present were given uuu .None wero permlued to tic empty-hamled. Tito pupils were perfectly happy. An orchestra ut all sorts of Instruments soon idled*tho rynnu wiin sounds, it not melodious, jet very musical. Around tho loom were placed a dozen large faces of bantu Claus, win; mi expression upon thuniof surprise and delight, ■ Innumerable dulls gladdened tho hearts of me girth. They are always uppreehubu. Donations were received irom J, 11. lluvetly, Chicago, £.5; Keely A Vuss, Chicago, £5; Armour a; Co., Chicago, £W; C. T. Uey jitolds A Co., Chicago, £10;- Marshall Field A Co., Ciiftago, £*s; Cmno Bros. Maituiacuuv uig Co., Chicago, £25; Bavder, Adamson A Co.. Chicago, bio; J. B. Drake A Co., Chi cago, $25; N. K. Kali nan k A Co., Chicago, £10; D. bamsuu. Cnicago, £2j; c. H. Cbw •per. Chicago, £IU; Mr. I'ozer, Chicago, £2; C. Zark, Chicago, bid; Lye A Zlmtne, Dei phos, D„ £2; Uit it Lockett, Chicago, £5; b.uiUwtcii Congregation Sunday-school, £5; Krasur A Cinuineis, Chicago, £2O; M. D. Wells A Co.. CJilcago, £lo; Mrs. Uoiaamn, Chicago, £iu; John Longim, btrealor, t‘J; Thomas J. Shipley, Canton, ill., £2.6u; Mis. .M. J. (/Donald, Clinton, 111; Dr. K. Guelich. Alton, III.; unknown, Dccuiur,!!!.; D. B. Kisit A Co., Chicago; Louis Uelimcn A Co., Cnh-agu; William Blair A Co., Chicago; Wihoaghby, Hill A Co., Chicago;acnweluer A Beer, Chicago, cimtrlbuied large and ele gant boxes of articles consisting of jewelry, toys, millinery goods cm. Messis. Kuller A Fuller, Clncugo; Durluy A Tyrrell, Chicago; Knuiktln MueVcngh A Co„ Chicago; W. D» TdcCoy, Peoria, III.; Fitzsimmons a ICrutler, Jacksonville; Harvey a buns, Lincoln; F. Ituttcr, cumriuuted line Jots ot candy and culileciluimrv. Kobert Douglas A buys, Waukegan: ilalrd A Tuttle, liloomingipn; A 1 r. bulled, of Lincoln, contributed ever greens and trees. A concert will be given by the children on Tuesday night, a stere optlenn fxltiuiuuii on Tnumduy night of holiday week, and tin operetta by the chil dren, culled ••Gnuulmu’s Birthday,” uu Thursday evening, the lid of January. Amticsments ami pleasures will bu the order of Uie'day fur the entire Holiday week. - A DUTIFUL SON. 110 Kills n lluflluti Who Wait Brutally AsHunUpur IXIn .tlotltur* apttiat DUiMtUU tu 27ie c’/iJcacw Ti .bum. Qt.'i.vcv, 111.. Dec. 25.—About 10 o’clock to day a negro tunned Sam Porter wont to tha house ot Kate Summers, a colored womflU Jiving at Third and Droadway, mu I assaulted her in the: dooryard. Mrs. Summers re* treated into Urn house and fastened thu door, when Pot ior broku It down and continued Urn assault in the house. Thu woman lied out of .doors again, and was followed by Porter, who struck her and knocked her down, lie continued to beat her, when her littlo son, lien bummers, uued about UJ, emuu out screaming in terror, •• Von lut my moUiur alone. You'll kill her!" and, picking up u stone, threw it at Porter, hitting him in Uto right temple and killing him instantly. Thu hoy is locked up, hut scums to bo receiving Uto applause ot alt who have hoard the facts. SPORTING MATTERS. Dentines In Thoroughbred* 1 , Sr. Louis, Mo., Doc. 24.—Hum* Ecker, the well-known horsenmn of thls'clty, sold to day Uie celebrated brood mare Alta Vela to S. T. llruce, of Uio Turf, Field, and Fame, of Now York, presumably lor Uio Luiillards, Mr. llrueu also desired to buy Minnie Lewis, Alice Marshall, Cnrriu Watson, and .Kiilialu, owned by Kekor, but his otters did hut meet the views of the owner. Alta Vela is one of the most celebrated mares in the country, out of Imported Klllagrue, by Vnndul, Is id years old. and one of tho last of the vnndul stuck. Sim Is with foal by Chariton, and brought 31,50>). St. Imuis, Mo., Dec. 24.—St Louts parties arc negotiating fur tho famous h-your-oKls Saunter and iihues, and It is believed Uio purchase hits been consummated. If this proves true Uio horses will ho brought West at once, and taken to Now Orleans, where they will bo pul In training fur the spring contest. . * KILLED ON SIGHT. Such \Va> Hie Fate ,of mm Arkansas Ulan. opccial iMivauh to Th* VhUaoo Tribune. Lrni.K Lock, Ark., Dec. 25.—Nows reached hero this morning of a fatal alfray In Prank lln County, near Webb City, Ynuco Dro\vn and John Holt, two reuutubio citizens, be tween whom there has been 111-fueling for a long time, mot In Uio town, when Holt shut Drown with a double-barreled shotgun, kill ing him In his tracks. Holt at unco surren dered to the aiithorilios, saying that he acted in self-defense, as Drown hud previously threatened to kill him on sight. Thu trag edy aroused Intense excitement, and for a time it was fearud Holt would bo lynched. The preliminary examination is not yet con cluded, and, as the guilt or imiocuuco ot Holt Is nut yet established, ho way yet full a victim of mob violence. »