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To the Editor of the Herald. Philadelphia, May 10th, 18 iG. We have had a week of quiet and uncer tainty. The Commissioners, the press, the public, the Centennial itself—all seem unset tled and waiting for something to happen. Ylthough the regulations for the exposition have been provided and are observed, they are nowhere believed to be permanently fixed. Several changes are advocated and expected. The advocacy has called together large and respectable mass-meetings, led by our best men. The popular feeling decidedly favors the reduction of the admission fee to twentj five cents, and the opening of the grounds on Sunday. There are two sides to each issue ; and on each side, much hubbub mixed with some sense. Stockholders fear that a reduced rate would lead to financial failure. Ihe Commission fears likewise. On the other Hand, our prominent citizens have come for ward in public letters and public speeches, urging that the masses of the people are bar •vd by the high rate; that a reduced rate v. ould double the net receipts, and that though •_ V( . bnew the reduced rate would bring finau . bd failure, the rate should be reduced and Tie city make up the final deficit. \ iemia V:lS compelled to halve its admission fee. The Commissioners express themselves ready : ; take the same action whenever it becomes . dvisable. The controversy as to opening the grounds - a Sunday has become personal and some Vi hat ungenerous. The clergymen, speaking i ir the churches, have petitioned and con demned with open indignation. The people, vv ph such spokesmen as Forney and Biddle, baye given very liberal views of the Sabbath. But, after all, the only worthy argument yet brought is that our city working-people, who have no holidays, are wholly shut out. Some ado is made about the needless expense to w hich strangers are put by " losing" Sunday; as though such strangers are likely to be un able to pay extras. It has been urged that Continental Europe will laugh at us for ob* serving the day; as though we should cate for that. Judge Biddle, however, hit hard when he asked, ''What consistency is there in the claim of the Commissioners that they must keep the Sabbath day holy, while on other days they open a score of drinking sa loons inside ol the Exposition? " llie gen eral opinion seems to be that W'e may reas onably look for some change soon. Among the newspaper men to-day, there was some talk of a proposed compromise by which, during September and October, the Commis sion will change the closing hour from 6 p. m. to 10 p. m., thus giving workiDg-men a chance. However, this has not been official ly announced. As I said before, the week has been a quiet one. Longfellow, the poetr, and our resident Emperor, were the only curiosities the peo ple could stare at ; and, a Philadelphia stare is proverbially unpleasant. On the tenth, the visitors, including dead-heads, exceeded three hundred thousand ; the daily average since has been less than 10,000. The ofticers an nounce that no previous Exposition has had even this attendance during the first week. They make a favorable sign out of what would, at first thought, appear unfavorable. In fact,, us 1 stated last week, the exhibits are not yet completed. Two of the largest foreign ves sels have just arrived, and others are still ex pected. The outside people knowing these things, are of course not disposed to come to the city ; and, Philadelphians themselves think they " can go at any time—no hurry." As a result, the great hotels are losing money. On last Sunday morning, the Globe, with its accommodations for four thousand, had just tUjhl at the breakfast table. Sunday night, the Transatlantic had not one lodger; by Tuesday night it succeeded in getting twelve. The permanent city hotels report but little increase in their run. The railroad combination — Centennial Boarding-house Company—by which all strangers are guaranteed the best accommo dations at two dollars and fifty cents per day, has badly maimed the hotels that had raised their prices. The Continental and Girard have already resumed the old rates. This question of hotel expenses is of no little concern to the Commission, to railroads and to visitors, and will certainly influence the influx of people. The unanimous re-election of Gen. Hawley as President of the Centennial Commission, sounds well, but does not express what it should. Within the past few months he has greatly displeased the Commission, and a strong opposition was formed. It was gen erally unerstood that R. C. McCormick, of Arizona, would receive this year's Prcsiden ey. The Commissioners do not hesitate to say that their vote was directed by an out -ide influence which opposed a change at so lute a stage of the Exposition. They have lost confidence in Gen. Hawley. The eleetion of Hon. George W. Biddle as Centennial Solicitor, is looked upon as signifi cant; because it was he who led the recent demonstrations in opposition to the Rules v\ hich fix the admission fee at fifty cents, and close the doors on Sunday. Theodore Thomas to-day met the Commis sioners. He proposed that they should invite all musicians of all nations, to be present next Fourth of July, to join in the grand chorus and perform Handel's Dettingen Te Deum. Mr. Thomas said that, with this assistance , the Commission, he would te enabled Cttre for ' he . f Œ7 to "«r had* he Commission promised the ^ ^ peration. : ro in ,o sec inest TELEGRAMS Blaine's Triumph. New York, May 25.—Tesierday was a day of triumph for Blaine. The Republican Conventions met in six different States, and in effect he swept every one of them. Kan sas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Illi nois seem to bave gone for him, notwith standing the fact that formal pledges were not made, and although New Hampshire failed to instruct in his favor, seven out of her ten delegates are in his interest. His friends are jubilant, and the prospects now are that he will receive the nomination at Cincinnati. The many rumors afloat touch ing his personal honesty, and the investiga tions set on foot by political rivals have not hurt him in the slightest degree with his party, but on the contrary, they appear to have advanced his cause, making him popu lar on account of the persecution of which he seems to be the object. It is also plain that either Blaine is not the object of enmity at the White House, or else that he is strong enough to bid defiance to General Grant. .r .< ►► ^ ------ .Norton's Friends Weaken. New York, May 20.— A Washington spe cial says, supporters of Morton flatter them selves that the esntest, in the light of to-day's situation, is virtually narrowed to Blaine and Con kling. They considered Bristow out of the question since the latter's defeat in Illi nois. The western Republicans declare the steamboat men will go against conkling be cause of his attempted legislation against them. This would lose Ohio certainly, and possibly other States, while Blaine's prospects are decidedly the best. But few outside of his immediate friends are willing to concede his nomination. In the minds of most politicians here the strength of the Great Unknown, into -whose balance the bal lots of the Morton and Conkling delegates may yet be thrown, is still very formidable. The canvass of Blaine makes answer to that by figures which are footed up to-niglit for him at 284, to which they say Iowa may be added, making 316, being 63 less than a majority, which is necessary for a choice. If he fails to secure the latter number his work ers insist that he has gone far enough to control the organization of the convention and make headway from that point. Democratic Senators and members are not alarmed at Blaine's prospects. They regard him as the easiest man defeated in the South and West, and no one of them believes he could carry New York or outlying Democratic States against the nominee of the St. Louis convention. Decisive Blow Wanted. Fort Fettekman, May 25. —Indian Inspec tor Vandover, who has been in close consul tation with contractor McCann and Agent Hastings, seems anxious to make it appear that the renegades from the Big Horn country have been committing most of the depreda tions and late outrages, when the facts are that all the trails from the recent depreda tions run to the reservations, the Indians from the north having hardly been heard from since the destruction of Crazy Horse's village in March last. A good blow struck now will probably avert an extensive Indian war, which is otherwise imminent. The people of the northwest do not wish a repetition of the history of Vincent Colyer's delay of affairs in Arizona. The Whisky Cases. St. Louis, May 26.— In the United States Cicrcuit Court to-day, judgment was given for the Government in the case of W. W. Jovett for $27,000. The case of Louis Tonscher for $50,000 progressed, and will no doubt be decided in favor of the Government. In addition to these suits, the claims against a large amount of highwines, captured at the time of the seizures of the distilleries and rec tifying houses a year ago, were withdrawn, and the spirits will pass into the hands of the Government. The bonds in the above cases are good, and it is believed that the Government will collect the entire amount which the high wines are worth. The highwines mentioned will run up to the aggregate of over half a million dollars. Speaker Kerr. Washington, May 26.— There is a report to-night of a scandal against Speaker Kerr, which is to be investigated to-morrow before Clymer's Committee on Expenditures in the \Y r ar Department, Clymer having given notice to Kerr this morning, that if the wit ness who had been subpœned and who was expected to arrive in the morning is at hand, the matter will be opened at 10 o clock. The story is to this effect: One Augustus H Green, of New York, in 1866 was made First Lieutenant in the regular army at the request of Kerr, and was commissioned by Andrew Johnson. Green says he was introduced to Kerr by one Lawrence Harney, who was door-keeper of the House, and that he paid Harney six hundred dollars for his influence. Harney, who is now in the Appraiser's office in New York, has, it is alleged, said he gave the six hundred dollars or some sum of money to Kerr, and this was brought to the attention of the Clymer Committee in such a shape that they are determined to summon the men before them and make a thorough investiga tion. Clymer accordingly to-day notified Kerr that it Harney arrived as expected, he would open the case to-morrow. Kerr has been for some time threatened by anony mous letters about this matter. The authors of the report have been looked up and it is believed that the whole affair is a scheme of revenge. The Blaine Investis»**® 1 » Washington, May 26.—The Sub-Judiciary Committee met this afternoon and recalled A. S. Robinson, who testified that he had read the testimony of Amos Curry before the Committee. Witness never told Curry that the package which witness brought to Blaine from Caldwell contained bonds, or that it was an installment of bonds ; had often talked with Curry in a social way and might sometime have said that the package may have contained bonds, but never said it really did, for witness never knew w hat it did con tain. Witness did not consider himself re sponsible for inferences Curry may have drawn from their conversation. He consid ered Curry to be a man of veracity and of good moral character. Amos Curry was recalled and testified as to his former testimony, that ^Robinson had told him the package contained bonds. Wit ness submitted two messages just received from bis wife in Arkansas, stating that she had read in the papers Robinson's statement about the story, and saying that Robinson did say the package contained bonds, as she was present with Curry at the time Robinson made the statement. Witness said that Rob inson and himself were on good and intimate terms with each other, and he considered him a man of truth and veracity, never having hoard his reputation for veracity called in question before. Blaine said be had understood that the Committee had summoned Caldwell from Londou, and assuming that to be correct he desired to know if the Committee intended to keep the matter open till Caldwell should arrive. He thought the Commtttee should report upon this matter now. Ilunton, Chairman, said that the matter of summoning Caldwell was in the hands of the full Judiciary Committee and not the Sub Committee, and he could not say what then purpose was. Blaine said if there were no more wit nesses to be heard upon this matter, he would offer himself as a witness. After some dis cussion, Blaine was allowed to make a state ment, confining himself to the package spoken of, and he was sworn and made the following statement: In the spring of 1871 Robinson, I believe, gave the spacific date from his diary. He de livered to me in the Speaker's parlor a pack age twenty inches long and about four inches in diameter. 1 received his card while sit ting in the Speaker's Chair. As soon as it became convenient 1 went out, and met him in the Speakr's parlor. He handed me the package, and ;said this is a package which Mr. Caldwell handed to me to deliver te you. The package was done up care lessly in brown paper, the ends turned down and tied, I should say, although I cannot say precisely at this date, in a very loose way. I chatted with him a moment about the condi tion of the Fort Smith road, and somewhat about the coal lands in the Arkansas Valley. He then wanted to see some members of the House, I have forgotten whom. I told him he could have the privilege of the floor, and he went in with me. As I passed the chair I threw the bundle down carelessly. It laid there until the House adjourned, when I took it down to the lower private room, which I had, where it laid for months. It was a pack age of maps, some descriptive pamphlets and some descriptive sketches. I mean some of those made by individuals and not published, showing the coal fields in the Arkansas val ley. It was considered at that time by Mr. Caldwell and others, that there would be quite a speculation in buying these lands, and these were allotted off to show T how much could be got in one body. As the sections were taken alternately, it was very hard to get a large tract together, and a very few r thousand dollars would buy a considerable quantity of them. I think the Company of fered them at five or six dollars per acre. This was sent to me as a prospectus and gen eral setting forth of the merits and virtues of the speculation. 1 did not give a great deal of attention to it. I had some computations made as to the cost of hauling to the river. It would be from the Arkansas river, and how much it would cost by the time it got by rail to the Mississippi river. The result of the whole thing was that I did not embark in it. That was all there was in the world of the package. There was nothing more mys terious about it than if I should hand this book to the Chairman. It was delivered in a crowd, carried into the house, and thrown down without care, and it lay in my room with a miscellaneous lot of papers, probably for years, referring to it every now and then. Robinson never delivered me a bond of the Fort Smith and Little Rock Company, either in Washington or any other place. I desire to make that statement as broad as it can be made in every shape and form, both inclusively and exclu sively. Mr. Chairman, while I am here, I desire to repeat under oath in relation to this $64,000 charge the statement made by me on the floor of this House, in all of its parts without mental reservation or the purpose of evasion . _ ___ Kerr Denies. Washington, May 27.—A story tele graphed lienee last night that Speaker Kerr was charged with corruptly accepting a sum of money for obtaining the appointment of Lieutenant Green in the regular army in 1866, became current on the floor of the House to-day, and produced a most painful feeling. The members of the Clymer com mittee were appealed to by many members of the House to ascertain the nature of the disclosures made to them, but they were very reticent. Kerr positively denies the truth of the report to his friends, and says he has done nothing to compromise his honor. An important witness who is alleged to bave paid the money directly to Kerr, was expec ted here to-day to testify before Clymer's committee, but he failed to arrive. It is due to Kerr to say that the story finds but lew believers, even among the Republicans, although it has caused much excitemet. SENATE. Washington, # May 26.—The Chair laid before the Senate a communicatiou from the Commander of the Grand Army of the Re public, Department of the Potomac, asking that Decoration Day, May 30th, be observed as a National holiday, and inviting the Senate to participate in the ceremony of decorating soldiers' graves ; referred. Mr. West, from theCommitteon Railroads, reported back the Senate Bill to create a sinking fund for the liquidation of Govern ment bonds advanced to the Central and Western Pacific Railroad Company, with amendments, and a written report on the sub ject ; and also a new bill to create a sinking fund for the liquidation of Government bonds advanced to the Union Pacific Rail road Company, and for the settlement of claims of the Government on account of said bonds; placed on calendar. The bill reported from the same committee to create a sinking fund for the Central Pa cific Railroad Company, contains provisions that the money payment into the United States Treasury is to be $850,009 per year. The Company is to reconvey and have credit for six million acres of land, in Utah and Nevada, at the same valuation—$2,50 per acre. Mr. Morrill, from the Committee on Ap propriations, reported with various amend ments, the House bill making appropriations forthe Legislative, Executive and Judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1877 ; placed on cal erdar. * The Naval Appropriation Bill, received from the House yesterday, was read by title, and then referred''to the Committee on Ap propriations. The Senate then suspended legislative busi ness and r. sinned the consideration of the Impeachment Articles against Belknap, with closed doors. Before reaching any decision, the doors opened at 5:40 and the Senate. ad journed. HOUSE. Washington, May 26.—Brown, from the Committee on Claims, presented to the House a message from the President, vetoing the Senate bill for the relief of G. B. Taylor and E. H. Luckett, assigns of Wm. H. Cheat man, and moved that the House pass the bifl notwithstanding the Pressdent's voto. A few remarks by Brown, and the bill was passed! yeas 181, nays 14. Reese offered a resolution appointing J. H. Patterson, of New Jersey, Doorkeeper of the House, which was adopted, and Mr. Pat terson was then sworn in. The Speaker presented to the House a message from the President vetoing the bill providing for the recording of deads, mort gages and other conveyances affecting real estate in the District of Columbia ; message and bill were referred to the Judiciary Com mittee. On motion of Mr. Eden, chairman of the Committee on War Claims, the House pro ceeded to considei the bill making appropri ations for the payment of claims reported allowed by the Commissioner of Claims ; passed. Mr. Lutrelle introduced a resolution recit ing that an article appeared in the Baltimore Gazette of the 26th of May, charging that $300,000 had been expended by the Pacific coast to procure the passage of a bill to carry into effect the treaty with the Hawaiian Islands, and directing the Committee on Ways and Means to make an immediate in vestigation into the true history of such charge. He desired the closest investigation, and if any one had any testimony that any money had been used in lobbying for the passage of that bill, he would be glad to see the bill defeated in the Senate. The reso i tion was then adopted. The House then went into Committee on the private calendar, and after some time the Committee rose and reported to the House a number of private bills, which passed ; ad journed. ____________ HUNTER'S EXPEDITION. Letter From Mr. John P. Barnes.' [From the Bozeman Times, 1st inst.] Camp on Fort Fettekman Road, 15 miles South-east of Old Fort Reno, on Powder River, May 12th, 1876. Mr. Editor:—' This being the first oppor tunity to drop you a line since we reached the Big Horn Mountains, I will take advan tage of it to let you and your readers know that the Big Horn Mountains on the eastern slope from Fort Smith to the head of Pow der River as a gold bearing or a mining coun try is a bilk, a myth, and all the reports to the contrary are lies. Our expedition pros pected every stream we crossed from the first tributary of Tongue River to Crazy Fork of Powder River, and one time camped five nights in one place, and at other places two nights, for the purpose of entering the mountains as high as we could in the snow on foot, and at no place tried was more than two fine colors to the pan reported. My ex perience was one very fine color of gold to about fifty pans of dirt obtained ftom the most favorable looking bar and creek beds —sometimes high up in the mountains. The company leaves this morning for the north fork of Cheyenne River. We will reach the Black Hills in a few days. No Indians on the route so far. Every person in the compa ny is well. No casualties on the trip. Pow der River valley is covered with young grass hoppers. Yours, JOHN P. BARNES. Northern Pacific Railroad Office of the N. P. R. R. Co.,\ New York, May 3d, 1876. I J. V. Bogert, Esq., Bozeman, Montana Ter ritory : My Dear Sir:— The news of the result of the late special election in Montana, and the exceedingly close vote by which the act of your legislature to encourage the costruction of the Northern Pacific Railroad failed to re ceive the sanction of the majority of the people, reached us a few days since. It is of course a matter of regret to us that the act was not ratified, even though it may have contained some objectionable features. A meeting between your Trustees and the offi cers of the railroad company would, probably have resulted in removing difficulties on both sides, and in getting the business into more practical shape. The very great anxiety that your people have heretofore maifested to secure an early construction to the road to a point near the business center of the Terri tory, induced the legislature to make the amount of subsidy bonds larger than we asked for—possibly larger than was prudent. At the same time they were induced by their fears of the ability of the railroad company to move to attach to the bill some exceedingly stringent requirements, that proved impracti cable to literally carry out. And now it cems to me that we should not, upon either ide, consider this the end. The canvas has been contested vigorously and honorably ill around. I think it has resulted in a settled conviction, both in and out of Montana, that the Northern road is the one thing needful for the successful development of the Terri tory, and if the plan acted upon to promote its early construction is not exactly the best, no time should be lost in perfecting a better one. Let me assure you and our other friends there that we are not downcast by the result, but fully appreciating the ability and zeal with which the good fight was fought by you and them, to within a hair's breadth of a successful result, we believe that this is but the preparation for an early and final suc cess. ****** * Respect'ly your obt. servt., Geo. Stark, Y. P. N. P. K. R. Co. Silver Star Notes. Work on the Broadway lode under the management of S. W. Hurst, is being vigor ously pushed forward. There are between two and three hundred tons of rock on the dump, with a large body of ore in sight. Charley Heineman has 250 tons of rich ore on the dump. From the same shaft this was taken, last year he took out thirty tons which assayed upwards of $75 to the ton. He is working a ferce of men, and is taking out twenty tons a week. His mill has been until recently running on custom rock. Char ley will soon be ready to commence running on that taken from his mine, and has a good prospect at the close of the season of having a nice little plum in the shape of a $10,000 bank account. Fullhart & Seigchrist are building an aras tra on Cherry Creek, which is by this date probably in working order. It will crush ores from their mine, the Weiugart. They now have about twenty tons of rich ore on the dump. Mayer & Wilson are taking out rock from their Everett mine, and are crushing it in their arastra. They have now on the dump 75 tons of rock. Silver Star is looking up. Every one is busy, and no drones in sight, is what our informant states. Meagher County Item*. Sieben Bros lost fifty head of lambs in the late storm. They will commence shearing this week. A good shearer can find emplo} r - ment with them. The inverted siphon conveying the water of White's gulch across Avalanche, the pro perty of the Hellgate and Avalanche Ditch Company, was w'ashed down by the high water. At a meeting of the citizens of Diamond, Tuesday evening, the following committee was appointed to arrange a programme for the celebration of the Centennial Anniver sary of American Independence: H. M. Barnes, J. E. Muny, George Rice, Worces ter Fox and T. J. Fleming. From Mr. Charles Keaton, who paid us a visit last week, we learn that the recent flood destroyed millions of grasshoppers. He says however, that there are enough left to do great damage. Many of the farmers on Deep creek are trying to starve the little pests out by keeping their fields flooded with water. He says they cannot swim and eat at the same time. Mr K. ivas on his way to the mouth of Smith's river where he goes to take part in the grand round up of stock in that valley .—Husbandman. Tilden*» tnanee». New York, May 27.—The World thinks Tilden's case is much like Blaine's, except that in the Democratic convention the two thirds rule makes his chances more hopeless. A powerful and determined Democratic fac tion in his own State has resolved to defeat him at any cost, and what is more impor tant, the western wing of the party would surely bolt and destroy all chances of success if Tilden should be nominated. A man must be politically blind or in a state of lunacy who does not see these adverse elements will be strong enough to control at least one third of the St. Louis convention. Tilden cannot annihilate these facts by shutting his eyes. True patriotism, magnanimity and party loyalty require him to take note of the situation, withdraw his claims, and turn his influence in favor of a candidate that would save all that is valuable in his own princ ; ples. Let Tilden rise to this noble and generous act of self-abnegation.