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THE WEEKLY HEEALD.
R. E. FISK, - - - - Editor. THilMDAV, NKPTE.HBER 10« 1814« THE C'ANVASS AND It'll RESI LT. The startling news concerning the result on the Capital Law vote,contained in the Hkrald special dispatch from Virginia city yester day, and published in our issue of last even ing« is fully confirmed by IT. 8. Marshal Wheeler, who arrived home by Thursday's coach. The Canvassing Board, consisting of the Governor, Secretary and U. 8. Marshal, met at the Capital on Wednesday morn;ng, 2d inst., and soon after proceeded to open and canvass the returns as received, county by county. The returns of the several coun ties, under covet of envelope and seal, had been dispatched, with the exception of Jef ferson and Gallatin, by express. The returns of the two latter counties had been forwarded by mail in registered packages. Those sent by express were allowed to remain in the of fice of Wells, Fargo A Co., in charge of Ageut Howell, until the day and hour ap jvointed for the Board to meet, when the pack ages were called for and given into thé pôë scssion of Secretary Callaway, who carried them direct to his office. The opening of the returns proceeded without delay, and the vote of each county, as set forth in official form, was soon ascertained. After the opening of the several returns, the fact appeared that the vote of each coun ty—Meagher excepted—tallied with the re turns heretofore obtained and set forth in the Hkkai.d. In the case of Meagher, by the commission of fraud or forgery, the words "Capital Law' Approved," and "Capital Law Disapproved'' were transposed, both above the columns of figures, and in the body of the certificate: so that instead of 561 votes for "approved" to 29 votes for "disapproved,'' both figures and words were made to read the exact reverse. This bold piece of villainy answered tbc full purpose contemplated by the perpetrator or perpetrators who figured iu the fraud, giving a majority for disapproval of the law, and retaining (for the present, at least,) the capital at Virginia, by decision of the Board. The after matter of throwing out the Gallatin county vote, on the ground of informality, did not, of course, change the result, but was so decided to do by the Board for the reason, as we learn, that the Delegate and Capital Law votes were not separately returned as required by law. Wc cannot to-day speak of this mutter as we wish. A great crime has been committed. The sufferers are tbc electors of Montana, who have bad their will set at naught, and their honest verdict, declared at the polls, again put aside. Steps have at once beeu taken, wc are glad to know*,to trace the crime and to punish the offenders. The outrage that has been put upon the people has its counterpart iu the dastardly election fraud committed in Madison county in 1869, by which Helena at that time was deprived of the capital. It is pretty safe to say that one or more of the scoundrels who figured in that notorious crime were concerned in this second swindle. The penitentiary is too good a place for them. The Meagher county returns were inspected by several of the citizens of Helena immediately before they passed into the hands of the Express Company here for transmis sion to Virginia City. They were correct in every respect. The returns, from the ac counts we have received, have been for weeks in the keeping of Mr. Howell, Wells, Fargo & Co.'s agent at Virginia City. Whether he has betrayed his trust, or has connived with others to manipulate the Meagher county re turns, remains to be seen. Moat probably it is that the fraud has been done at Virginia. Of this we shall know to a certainty vciy shortly. Investigation commences without delay. The ultimate result is not doubtful. The courts will have something to say in the matter presently. The people can wait a bit Justice in Montana is not dead. A few great criminals still remain *ln the country. Sooner or later eyery one of them will get his deserts. The people who are robbed; whose sufferings are many, and whose patience under repeated outrages is not even yet wholly exhausted, will be righted after a little. Let us wait as best we may until the promised deliverance from the vil liany still rife in our midst comes to us for good and evermore. MIS ACCOI VT. Mr. T. E. Collins, Clerk and Recorder of Meagher county, arrived in the city this day noon. He states that the Capital Law return of Meagher county was carefully made out, as carefully compared, and was critically scanned by the County Canvassing Board before attaching their signatures thereto, and that the return sent to Virginia City was one of two originals, the forgery of which he can easily detect. He scouts the idea of his hav ing made any mistake in the return. 'Hospi tal Law Approved, 561," and ''Capital Law Disapproved, 29," is perfectly distinct in his memory, as it is in the memory of the Coun ty Board, and of the several persons here who read and re-read the return. The for gery, then, is essily traced, and can be fol lowed and placed at the door where it was committed. Mr. Beicher really must not pause to deny any of the stories about him not directly con nected with the business in hand» for every such denial gives birth to a sooreof new and axceedibgly ingénions lies. VALUABLE FIRE STATISTICS. The tremenduous losses from which Chi cago has suffered by fire during the last few years, have induced the editor of the Illinois Staats Zeitung to send to Berlin for an accu rate report of the operations of the Fire De partment iu the Capital of the German Em pire, in the hope that some valuable sugges tions might be derived from it for Chicago. It seems at least as if there must be some radical defect in the management of fires in Chicago as compared with that of Berlin to explain the extraordinary circumstance, for instance, that the loss by fire in Berlin, with a population of about 1,000,000, from Oct. 1, 1872, to Oct. 1, 1873, amounted to only about 970,000 (77,574 thalers). According to tbe German plan of insurance, every house-own er in tbe city of Berlin is compelled to insure his buildings—though only to three-fourths of their value—and the whole amount of in surance In Berlin tor that year, 1872-3, was 326,928,025 thalers for buildings, and 355, 254,544 thalers for furniture. According to tbc Germau plan of insurance, again, tbe bolder of a policy does not pay an annual regular premium, but only so much of au assessment as is necessary to pay his part of the losses of the year. The policy-holders of Berlin had, therefore, to pay only four and two-third cents for every $100 of their annual assessment for the year 1872-3. In other words, it cosh only $4.66 a year to insure a house worth $10,000, in Berlin, whereas, un der our American system, a similar house would cost a premium of from $75 to $250 a year. The correspondent of the Staats Zei tung suggests, as to the main reason why the Berlin Fire Department is so efficient as to have been able to reduce the loss by fire to an amount so insignificant, is strict discipline and military organization. ANItfAL RL-LNION. We arc iu receipt of a circular letter from the Local Executive Committee of the Army of tbe Cumberland. We publish it for the benefit of those of our readers who may have worn the blue in this division of the army during the war, and who will be interested to know that their old comrades in the States come together once a year in a grand re-un iou—to renew old friendships and talk over reminiscences of the dark days and bloody battle-fields of tbe rebellion ; to give thanks to God that those days are past, and that peace and prosperity bless our people and our country : Columbus, O., August 11, 1874. Dear Sir: —We have the honor to tender to you and your friends a cordial invitation to be present at tbe Eighth Annual Re-union of the Society of the Army of the Cumber land, to be held in this city on the 16th and 17th days of September next. Should you conclude to attend, every ef fort will be made, by the members Of the so ciety and tbc people of Columbus to render your visit a pleasant one. Trusting that you will at your earliest con venience advise this committee of your pur pose to be present, we have the honor to be your most obedient servants, JOHN BEATTY. L. D. MYERS. WM, McC'KORY. Address all communications to Capt. Wm. McCrorv, Secretary of the Commtttee. FRESH FIELDS AND PASTURES NEW. A correspondent suggests that "Mr. Tiltou ought not to be discouraged because bis case seems to have failed. There is the Nathan murder, the last Chicago fire, the Mill River disaster, the hydrophobia scare, the Pittsburg deluge, tbe third term movement, the grass hopper invasion, the salary grab, and the comet—no doubt a voluminous statement could be made of Mr. Beecher's relations to all of them ; and as he seems to have written all kinds of letters to everybody, and about almost everything, no doubt some very sus picious documents could be produced by ju dicious transposition, insertion and omission, and a plentiful sprinkling of asterisks." The Helena, (Ark.) Republican, says: "The temper of the White Leaguers is tbe same as in 1868, when hundreds of Union men and Republicans were assassinated because of their support of the Republican ticket. From some cause or other they have come to fancy that they have sympathy and support at the North and at Washington, and they evident ly intend to inaugurate violence, assassination and murder of Republicans wherever deemed needful to carry out their schemes. This is doubtless the purpose to which the Ku-Klux militia has been organized throughout tbe Republican counties." The President has unconditionally pardon ed one Cyrus Plummer, sentenced to impris onment for life at Charlestown, Mass., for a murder committed fifteen yean ago. The amount of banking capital operating in New York city is, in round numbers, $75, 000,000, being a decline of nearly $3,000,000 since last year. ■HRHRHRDHMmW Seventeen thousand eight hundred and thirty-three poor children of New York have been treated to excursions thus far this sea son. ^^ The Pennsylvania Railroad chums the largest locomotive in the country. It has twelver driving wheels, and weighs seventy five tons. The woman who became famous by walk ing from Chicago to 8aa Francisco, baa been sent to the pöor-hbuse in the latter chy. * THE GOVERNOR'S PART IN IT. On the occasion of a serenade when last in this city, Governor Potts delivered a little speech, in the course of which he declared that the canvass of the Capital vote should, in so far as he could make it so, be a fair and just one; that he would denounce any and all attempts at fraud of whatever character; that anything bearing the semblance of fraud should be carefully investigated, and bis mind fully satisfied of the correctness and honesty of every return before he would sanction its canvass. Now, really, the Governor is not one of the canvassing board, any more than the law requires that the vote of a gen eral election shall be canvassed in his pres ence. Nevertheless, the Executive usually has as much to say at such a juncture as the Secretary or Marshal, and custom has allowed bis voice, if not to count as much as that of either one of the other two officials in any matter of dispute affecting the result, is re spected to that extent that its influence goes a long ways for good or evil, right or wrong. We submit, then, that when Marshal Wheeler raised the point of the fraudulent character of the Meagher county return, satisfied in his own mind that it was such, although so far as could be seen correct upon its face, tbe Governor did a grave wrong in not counseling an acquicsence on the part of the Secretary to the Marshal's motion for a week's post ponement of the canvass to allow an oppor tunity to show that the return before the Board was a forgery Tbe Governor, we re gret to hear, did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, he submitted that the Marshal and everybody had evidently been deceived as to the vote of Meagher county, and with the Secretary held that the return with the vote on the Capital law transposed, must be ac cepted and counted. The Governor, no more than other men, can plead ignorance of how Meagher county voted. The result hud been announced long before the general canvass took place, in nearly every journal of the Territory. The Herald, containing the full official abstract of votes of Meagher county, was at Virginia City several days before the meeting of the Board. What, in the face of these facts, are wc to think of the course in this matter taken by the Governor 'i The assurance which he gave to the people of Helena of a fair and impartial canvass of the Capital vote is un realized. There is not the least possible doubt that he was not amply convinced, when what purported to be the Meagher county return was opened and spread out lie fore his eyes, that that return was a fraudu lent one, and that it could be shown to be a forgery if a chance was allowed to establish that fact. We particularly mention Governor Potts for the part he played in this business, because of the pains he had previously taken to convince the public of his honest intentions in the premises. There is a deal more to be said in connection with this affair, of which the Herald will take cognizance in due time. GLORIFYING HIS SHARE. Capt. Blake sends usa- Montaniau "extra," on which is pictured a likeness of himself, as he appeared in the r*4c of Capital Law Fraud Promoter, on the streets of Virginia City, last Wednesday night. On a banner which he bears outstretched above his head he pub lishes to the world.his shame, and exultingly lifts into the sight of all men the crime by which the electors of Montana have again been swindled out of their verdict. When a man of the assumed respectability and intel ligence of Capt Blake willingly and openly stands sponsor to the villainous forgery of the Meagher county Capital vote, honest peo ple of every class and everywhere begin to think that the era of frahd and wickedness and general rottenness has fallen to the lot of Virginia City, as under Tweed, it fell to the lot of New York. Captain Blake, of his own accord, makes himself in this disgrace ful villainy the figure-head at which to point the finger of undying scorn. The part he has token, not alone in palliating but in glorify ing the crime that has been done, will hu miliate and trouble him hereafter, if a sense of his sins or the pangs of remorse can ever overtake him. We refer to his conduct in a spirit more of sorrow than of anger. It it no consolation to see talent prostituted or character sacrificed in giving countenance and encouragement to ignoble and terrible wrongs. We counsel the Monta nia n, editor to repentance before it is too late. A storm of indignation is brewing which will burst with irresistible force against evil-doers, their aiders and abettors. The people have borne all they can and all they will from rascally men, whose delight and boast are to cheat them of their most precious and sacred rights. Fraud and forgery are crimes that can be reached and punished. Those who excuse their commission or palliate their enormity are equally guilty with the principals who en gage in and execute them. There is an end to it all, and we mistake the public sentiment if it is not near at hand. THE CANVASS DF THE CAPITAL VOTE. ▲ special dispatch from Deer Lodge to tbe Independent says: "In an editorial on the canvass of the Capital vote, the New North - (test closes as follows: 'We believe, however, tbe abstract will be corrected, tbe vote re canvassed and the approval ot the law pro claimed wi thin thirty days/" «■iijia Rwaiciaiie Osavcansa. Augusta, September 3.—Tbe Democratic Congressional Convention of the 7th District; after an all night's session, nominated Alex. H. Stephens. The Shooting Affray at Ra dersburgh. Radbrsbubg, M.T., Sept. 3, 1874. To the Editor of the Herald: I notice in the Weekly Independent , of the 28th ult, a false and cruel report against William E. Grinnell, tending to prejudice the minds of the people against him, which I consider very improper, for there is nothing which tends more to corrupt tbe course of justice than attempting to poison men's minds before the cause comes to be tried. The press, which ought to be the shield of public liberty, the avenger of public wrongs, which above all should exert itself to pre serve the purity of its favorite institution, the trial by jury, has, in this instance, published a false report (doubtless as given by "the driver of the Bozeman coach," and by him so understood) against a man of unspotted character. It is with great reluctance that I advert to these charges and false and malicious fabri cations which have been spread before the public—that very public from whom the ar biters of the fate of this young man are to be selected. This matter will doubtless shortly undergo legal investigation, therefore I will not refer to the particulars, but will say that if there ever was such a thing as a point of honor this is one, which is recognized both by law and morality, and admitted as a full extenuation of acts of this character. In the first place, the provocation was great; in the second place, there was perfect fair dealing—the contract to oppose life to life was perfect on both sides—and Coppeck, the person shot, was not forced into the field; and there being no means of honorable reconciliation left, Mr. Grinnell was forced to act as he did. Delicacy forbids me entering into an ex planation of this affair, further than to declare that the course adobted by Mr. Grinnell on that occasion arose, as I consider, from a laudable and honorable feeling on bis part, and could all the circumstances be exposed, I feel convinced that every high and liberal minded man would applaud his act and de termination. It was the raising and circulating a false report against Mr. Grinnell. whom I know to be innocent of the things charged, with the diabolical design to blacken his good name and character, that caused the difficulty re ferred to in the Independent. Few are they who have escaped the tongue of slander. No matter how good a man or woman may be : no matter how pure and innocent the victim of calumny may be ; slander only requires a specious pretext—a starting point—that it may bury its fangs deep in the flesh. The envious and unbridled tongue wants ODly tbe faintest provocation, that it may wag with profligate malignity. All men are subject to the taint of its desolat ing breath ; all are assailed with the same un sparing malignity. It is amusement for a fiendish «and abandoned heart, for its object is to destroy whatever is cheering in hope, whatever is honorable in position, and what ever is sweet in innocence. It is a cold, barbarous and cowardly way of ruining an other in the things he holds most sacred. It destroys the peace of many innocent women, and drives them to despair, from which they will scarcely ever recover unless some potent arm be reached forth to save. It crushes and disgusts many a noble-hearted man, who would be useful to his kind, a bril liant ornament to society and an honor to his country. It disturbs society to its very foun dation, sowing furious discord and bitter con tention whenever its voice is heard. It has no eye to pity, but, tiger-like, it sports in the work of death as amusement. The poison of asps accompanies its fulsome laudations, and its approaches are worse than a sweeping condemnation. Its meaning looks are instinct with hate and danger, and its very motion and gesture is an instrument of exquisite tor ture. Its main object is to impeach the purity of innocence, to dim whatever outshines it self in reputation, talent, position and com fort Of all envy it is the most debased, and of all avarice it is most griping and cowardly. Its breath leaves a stain behind it, which tears of penitence cannot wash out, nor the eye of sorrow ever obliterate. It is as unforgiving as bell and more implacable than the hyena. I have now only to apologizeto the renders of the Herald for having entered so much at length in the statement of this matter, and in conclusion I have to express my perfect confidence that it will receive every favorable consideration at the bands of the public, for there is no man with any decent share of moral susceptibility, but would recoil with horror from tbe bare idea of the slanderous reports circulated against Mr. Grinnell. Its cruelty and aggravation involve many things each of which is sufficient to blast the soul with eternal dismay and cover humanity with a pall of shame. Most other crimes sink into insignificance before it There is not a lost spirit in the regions of eternal night, which can boast of a more damning guilt than that involved in this pernicious and slander- ous report Tbe arch-fiend himself can go no further in his enmity to God or man than did tbe party circulating this slanderous report. JUSTICE. ------—--- How largely the Western churches are built up of material sent from tbe East, and how bard tbe strain on the Eastern churches, may be inferred from the fact just brought to light that one church in Vermont, last year, lost one-half of its members, and also its deacons, chorister and Sunday School Su perintendent. TELEGRAMS reported specially for the herald by WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. WMhiscWa Intelligence. Washington, September 3.—The Spanish brig Valencia arrived off Cape Henry light station on Thursday p. in., and reported the captain and seyeral of tbe crew dead, and nearly all the crew prostrated with yellow fever. A pilot boat from Norfolk came out and took her medical aid. The Collector of Customs at El Paso, Tex., writes, Aug. 17th, that there has not been a drop of rain in that vicinity for 365 days. Everything is burning up, and cattle dying of starvation. As tbe result of a conference of the Ally. General with the President at Long Branch, andjof a meeting at the War Department to day, Atty. Gen. Williams has issued an order to the U. S. Marshals and Attorneys of dis tricts in the South where disorders are occurring, calling their attention to the en forcement of the Acts of Congress which give the general government jurisdiction in the matter, and ordering them to spare no efforts nor necessary expense to detect, ar rest and punish the perpetrators of the out rages. U. S. troops will, the order states, be stationed at convenient points in the districts for the purpose of giving all the needful aid, in the discharge of your official duties. You. understand, of course, that no interference whatever is intended with any political or party action not in violation of law, but for the protection of all clasess of citizens in the free exercise of the elective franchise, aud iu the enjoyment of other rights aud privileges to which they are entitled under the constitu tion and laws of the United States. Washington, September 4. —Mr. Wilson, Solicitor of the Treasury, returned to the city to-day, from Canada, where he has been on official business. He *<as concluded his investigation of the secret service bureau and has submitted the results to Jhe Secretary, whose final decision in the case is expected to lie delivered in a day or two. Every indi- cation points to the total abolition of tbe force as at present constituted, and a thorough and complete reorginization of the bureau, with some other than Whitcly at the head. There is reason to believe that the Secretary will not recommend an appropriation for the con- tinuance of the bureau another year if a plan can be devised by which the work belonging to it can be performed in any other way. --—— «4 I» Ato— - Prenident Graul *n the Southern Oui« rüge«*. Washington, September 3. —Secretary Bel knap received the following letter from the President to-day, dated Long Branch, Scp temlier 2d: "The recent atrocities iu the South, particularly in Louisiana, Alabama and South Carolina, 9how a disregard for the law of civil rights aud personal protection that ought not to be tolerated in any civilized government. It looks as if, unless speedily checked, matters must become worse, until life aud property there will receive no pro tection from the local authorities—until such authority becomes powerless. Under such circumstances, it is the duty of the govern ment to give its aid for the protection of life and civil rights legally authorized. To this end I wish you would consult the Attorney General, who is well informed as to the out rages already committed and the localities where the greatest danger lies, and so order the troops that they may be available in case of necessity. All proceedings for tbe protec tion of tbe South will be under the law of the Department of the South, and will lie direct ed by the Attorney-General, in accordance with the provisions of the enforcement act. No instructions, therefore, need be given the troops ordered into the Southern States, ex cept as they may be transmitted from time to time on advices from the Attorney General, or as circumstances may determine hereafter. Gov. Kellogg 9 « Prsclaoatim. New Orleans, September 3.—Governor Kellogg has issned a proclamation offering a reward of $5,000 each for tbe discovery of the persons implicated in the Coushatta af fair. The proclamation states that facts gathered from perfectly reliable sources show that the only offence of the officials arrested at Coushatta and subsequently murdered was that they were Republicans and office-hold ers, though it was not claimed that they w ere not legally elected. The Governor gives the history of the trouble, stating that Park Ed garton, sheriff of the parish, legally sum moned a posse of white and colored citizens to protect the officials of the parish in the exercise of their official duties, that they were overpowered by a superior force, composed of members of the White League, and sent to jail; that afterwards the} were promised their freedom if the officers would resign aud leave the parish; that after this guarantee was made them they were bound two an«! two, together, and started for the Texas border: that when just over the parish line of Red River they were set upon and deliberately murdered and buried where they fell w ithout inquest or any formality. The Governor says that forty members of the White League of Caddo Parish, mounted and armed, left Shrevepoil the night before tbe murder, and rode in the direction of McFarland's. Tbe Picayune and Shreveport A*ptl deny the truth of the Governor's intiir/itiou that the people of Caddo bad anything to do w ith the affair, or knew of it until it was over. The same special says that addiiioua) information from Coushatta is to the effect that the first