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R. E. FISK...........................Editor. THU USD AY, KOVESBEB 16, 1876. THAXKMilUXO PROCLAMATION. By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation . Prom year to year vve have been accustomed to pause in our daily pursuits and set apart a time to oiler our thanks to Almighty God for special blessings he has vouchsafed to us. with our prayers for a continuance thereol. We have at this time equal reason to he thankful for this continued protection, and for ma terial blessings which llis bounty has bestowed. In addition to these favors accorded to ns as individuals, we have ep end occasion to express our hearty thanks to Almighty God that by His providence and guidance our Government, established a century ago, has been enabled to lullill the purpose of its lounders in offering an asylum to the people of every race, securing civil and religious liberty to all within her borders, and meting out to every individual justice and equality before the law. It is moreover especially our duty to offer our humble praises to the Father ot all mercies for the continuance of His divine favor to us as a nation and as individuals. By reason m all these considerations, I, Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States, do recommend to the people ot the United States to devote the 30th day of November next, to an expression of their thanks and prayers to Almighty God, and laying aside their daily avocations and all secular occupations, to assemble hi tlu ir respective places of worship and ob serve such day as a day of thanksgiving and rest. (Signed) U. S. GRANT. Executive Mansion, Washington, I). C.. October 26th, 1ST6. THE SITUATION. Never Hid greater interests seem to hang by so slender a thread. The Presidency of the great republic and the policy of the country for four years to come, and possi bly much 1 mger, hangs upon the result in Louisiana. It is reasonably sure that Tilden has secured 184 electoral votes. It is equally clear an I sure that llayes has secured 179, and that the result turns upon the count in Louisiana. If these six votes are cast for Hayes, he is elected by one majority in the electoral college. Till after the canvassing Board meets on Friday of next week, it will be impossible to know more than we do to day. Meantime it is the duty of good men of both parties to counsel moderation. The situation is one peculiarly tilled to arouse excitement and precipitate strife.. If the present complica tion can be peacefully settled, it will be better for all, no matter who becomes President by the settlement. If satisfied that llayes has been elected by a majority on a fair vote and honest c nuit, of course we shall insist that he have the position. If Tilden has been fairly elected, we want him to hold the po sition. Though the prosperity and progress of the country may be retarded in such an event, we have no fears of any dangerous legislation coming.to maturity with a House nearly evenly divided and a Republican Sen ate. The President recognizing the gravity of the situation has done well to send troops to the points of danger. There are such temptations to use fraud and force, that nothing seems possible to prevent it except the presence of such force that would not leave hope of success to any such attempt. It would be inliuitely better to have the case settled early and outside the halls of Con gress. The country cannot stand this strain of intense excitement long without working disastrously on all business interests and pro ducing bitter dissensions in every community. It does not seem doubtful to us that, if there has been anything like a fair vote in Louis iana, it has gone Republican. We know that Democratic iutolerence has driven out hun dreds from the surrounding States of Mis sissippi, Arkansas, and Texas. The blacks have felt themselves more secure under the Republican government of Louisiana. The same cause drove out every negro who had any spirit from Georgia into Florida and South Carolina, and has rendered these States more strongly and certainly Republican. Really the only doubt that hangs over the result in South Carolina, Florida and Louis iana, is whether the Democrats have suc ceeded in their schemes of force and fraud to rob the colored man of the right to vote as he pleases. Every one knows that the blacks are in a majority in those States, and that not one would voluntarily vote for Tilden. The possibility of Tilden's election secured by such means ought to make every American citizen hang his head for shame. Our Bourbon neighbor accuses the Her ald of omitting dispatches of Democratic flavor. Not so. Democrats claim to derive as much'comfort as do the Republicans from our telegraphic columns. The news reports are voluminous. It is impossible to print them entire. We select those of most inter est and importance, without regard to their political bearings. The Independent , we notice, is more partial, discriminating in favor offnews of partisan origin and application. This is in keeping with its past reputation. It would not hesitate to garble or manufac ture news matter as heretofore, if in that way it could subserve its own private or par tisan purpose. The Herald declines to haz ard or injure its reputation for integrity by such disreputable devices. The people, with out regard to party, look to our columns for the news, and we never suffer them to be dis appointed. __ W atei.bur y , (Dem.) for Joint Councilman from Deer Lodge and Missoula, is probably elected. His majority in Deer Lodge is liable to reach 200. Worden, his Republican com petitor, will carry Missoula county by a hand some majority, but not large enough, we think, to overcome the adverse vote in Deer Lodge. TELEGRAMS REPORTED specially for the herald by WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. THE PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST. The Closest Election Ever Known. The Excitement. New York, N ovember 9. —The excitement throughout the city relative to the result of the election is intense. Broadway, from be low the Astor House to Printing House square, is crowded with people, and thousands of newspaper bulletin boards. The excitement on Wall street among the stockholders was so great as to seriously interfere with busi ness. Gold is weak, both because of Hayes prospects and the reassuring extracts from the London newspapers. Washington, November 9.—The excite ment here is unprecedented and intense, and large crowds are at ths Newspaper and tele graph offices. In the Executive Departments no business is doing. Every one is awaiting definite returns from any one of the States regarded as doubtful. Philadelphia, November 9.—The excite ment concerning the election is greater to day than at any previous time, owing to the prolonged doubt about the result. Crowds surround all the bulletin boards, and the in terest is intense. General RonuiIi*. New York, Novembers.—At this hour the newspaper offices are still surrounded by anx ious, cheering crowds of people, waiting for the latest returns from Florida, North Caro lina and Louisiana, which will decide the con test. Tilden's majority is variously estimated in New York State, but the best figures put it at 30,000. The World, publishes the following estimate of the electoral vote for Tilden : Alabama, 10 ; Arkansas, 0 ; Connecticut, G ; Delaware, 3 ; Florida, 4 ; Georgia, 11 ; Indiana, 15 ; Kentucky, 12 ; Maryland, 8 ; Mississippi, 8 ; Missouri, 15; New Jersey, 9; New York, 35 ; North Carolina, 10 ; Tennessee, 12 ; Texas, 8: Virginia, 11 ; West Virginia, 5. Total, 188. For Hayes : Colorado, 3 ; Illinois, 21 ; Iowa, 11 ; Kansas, 5; Maine, 7 ; Massachu setts, 13; Minuesota, 5; Nebraska, 3; New Hampshire, 5; Ohio, 22; Pennsylvania, 29; Rhode Island, 4 ; Vermont, 5. Total 133. Doubtful, 48. The Tribune believes that everything hangs on Florida, and that the Republicans have carried that State, and that the College stands: Hayes, 185 ; Tilden, 184. The Tribune8 Washington special says: The Republicans have probably carried North Carolina. The Times declares that Hayes is elected, giving him 185 votes. The Herald considers that Florida will de cide the election, and considers it a doubtful State. The 1 imes says that all the Congressional districts have not been heard from definitely, but advices received destroy the Democratic majority in the present House. The indica tions now are that the Republicans have elec ted 145 members, and the Democrats 145. In the present Congress the Republicans have but 110 members to 183 Democrats. There is, therefore, a net Republican gain of 73. All the representatives have now been chosen except in New Hampshire, which is now rep resented by one Republican and two Demo crats, and will elect in March, 1877. The llerald '» head lines are as follows, and may be given as an epitome of that paper's opinions: "Neck and neck. Exciting close ness of the Presidential struggle. Who is it? The continental conundrum from Maine to Oregon. Hayes and Wheeler running to the front. Tilden, 184; Hayes, 181 ; doubtful, 4. Florida the last post. Is Tilden's election a snark or a boojurn. The dance of phantom majority. Will the ghost materialize or miz zle from exultation to consternation. South Carolina's title to Republican respect. The count. The Congressional majority. Un paralleled excitement in New York." The somewhat unexpected developments of yesterday thoroughly aroused the activity of the betting fraternity, and the scenes at the different pool rooms last evening were unusu ally exciting. There was intense feeling during the afternoon, and as the evening wore on and no positive news had been ie ceived, it increased. Morrissey's and John son's rooms were crowded almost to suffoca tion. Those whose faith in the strength of the Democratic candidate had caused them to offer large odds on him, began to hedge as rapidly as possible on finding that the result was doubtful, but there were, notwithstand ing, many Tildenites who offered $100 to $10 that he would be elected. The offer found an abundance of takers. While on the night before the pools generally favored Tilden, last night there was a marked sense of insecurity among the betting men at Johnson's. During the early part of the afternoon Gen. Hayes sold as high as $30, Tilden's average remain ing at $100. Considerable betting was done on the result in the doubtful States, odds be ing freely offered and taken on both sides. At Morrissey's pools were sold on the State elections in South Carolina, Wade Hampton selling at $100 and Gov. Chamberlain bring ing from $50 to $75. The Tribuns says ; We invite the attention of the whole country to the States of South Carolina, North Carolina and Oregon. They are going to settle this Presidential contest, and it is just possible that the election is not yet over. We most earnestly deprecate any tampering with returns in anybody's interest, and we wish Mr. Magone had not suddenly left the city last night. The Suits Washington special says : There is a Returning Board in South Carolina, as well as in Louisiana, and Chamberlain and Patterson are determined that, no matter what the Democratic majority may be, to count in their State ticket and declare the Hayes electors chosen. The same game is to be played in Florida, if it is possible, and thus make Louisiana the turning point. There is undoubtedly grave apprehensions felt here by the Democrats and decent Republicans that unless the Democrats carry Wisconsin or one of the Pacific Coast States, a civil war may be precipitated by the desperate radical leaders. Chicago, November 8.—The Times accepts it as an established fact that Tilden is elected, and does not even seriously consider the ques tion of electoral votes, or entertain an idea of defeat for Tilden. It confines its editorials to an examination of Tilden's future course as President. The Inter-Ocean is quite as hopeful of suc cess as the Tribune , and buses its confidence on the figures already familiar to the whole country. The Tribunes special from Jacksonville, coming from excellent authority, declares Florida sure for Hayes. The Tribune's New Orleans special ailirms that Louisiana is certainly Republican. The Tribune , after reviewing the changes in the prospect of the last twenty-four hours, declares the doubtful States—California, Ore gon, Nevada, Florida, Louisiana, South Caro lina and Wisconsin—with a total electioral vote of 41, have gone or are likely to go Re publican, and elect Hayes by one majority. The Democrats concede Oregon and Nevada to the Republicans. ---—- !■ 40» ►* W ' Kansas. Topeka, November 8.—The Chairman of the State Central Committee has returns suffi cient to show that the State will give Hayes 30.000, and Anthony (Rep) Governor from 15,000 to 20,000. Haskill, (Rep) is elected in the 2d district to Congress by about 1,000, a Republican gain. In Shawnee county the whole Republican ticket is elected. Later returns show that Hayes has carried the State by o- er 30,000 maj., aud Anthony (Rep) for Governor by over 25,000. Three Republican members of Congress are elected, which is a gain of one. The Legislature stands three to one Republican. More Re publicans are elected on the straight ticket this year than for a number of years before. Topeka, November 10.—The official vote of every county in the State has been counied to-day. The majority for Hayes will reach 40.000, and that of Anthony, for Governor, 25.000, There arc ouly three Democrats elected to the State Senate, and two to the Lower House. Not a county in the State has given Tilden a majority. Mlnneiiotii. St. Paul, November 8. —The total vote of St. Paul and Ramsey county gives Tilden a majority of 1,184; Stewart, (Rep.) for Con gress, 505. Minneapolis compiete returns gives Hayes 355 majority; Menair, (Dem.) for Congress, 355 majority. The vote throughout the State, except in Ramsey county, generally shows Republican gains. Only about 20 of the 72 counties have yet made complete returns, but these, with the fragmentary returns from other points, indi cate that the Republican majority in the State on the electors will be from 15,000 to 18,000. Donnell, (Republican) in the First District, is elected by from 5,000 to 7,000. Strait, in the Second District, by 1,000 ma jority; Stewart, in the Third, by 1,500. Ohio. Cincinnati, November 8.— The vote in Hamilton county stands as follows : Tilden, 29,648; Hayes, 28,750; Cooper, 37; Smith, (Prohibition) 1. Columbus, November 8. -The Republicans are very much excited over the latest returns and are confident that Hayes is elected. They are maiching in procession, singing cam paign songs. R. C. McCormick, of the National Com mittee, has just telegraphed to Wikoff, Chair man of the State Republican Committee, that Louisiana, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Ore gon, California and Florida, have all gone for Hayes, and that North Carolina is uncer tain. Columbus, (O.) November 10.—General Wikoff, Chairman of the Republican State Committee, furnishes the following informa tion : The 69 counties heard from up to noon to-day show a Republican loss of 162 on Barnes' majority at the October election. The indications are that Hayes' majority will be about 6,000. ^ _ Michigan. Detroit, November 8.—Returns from 328 towns give Hayes a net majority of 12,333, a Democratic gain of 10,533. Late returns indicate that the majority for Hayes in this State will be from 15,000 to 20,000. Cres8weH's majority for Governor will be somewhat less. The Legislature will have a Republican majority of about fifty on joint-ballot. The Republicans certainly carry seven out of the nine Congressional districts. The Democrats elect Williams in the 1st by about 1,900 maj. The 8th is claimed by both parties. Wynmin*. Cheyenne, November 8.—The latest re turns give Corlett, Republican Delegate, 1,000 majority. a in in in a of 24 Illinois. Chicago, November 9.—Tbe following is the Congressional result in Illinois : The Republicans elect Aldrich in the 1st, B. Sen teno in the 3d ; both gains. Lathrop, in the 4th ; Burchard, in the 5th ; Henderson, in the 6th; Hayes, in the 7th—a gain ; Fort, in the 8th ; Boyd, in the 9th ; Tipton, in the 13th ;—a gain ; Carman, in the 14th ; Wiley, in the 18th—a gain, and possibly Ashcroft in the 16th, over Sparks, the presentjincumbent, a certain gain of five Congressmen, and pos sibly of six. Tbe Democrats elect the fol lowing : Harrison, in the 2d ; Hungatt, in tbe 10th; Krapp, in tbe 11th; Springer, in the 12th ; Eden, in the 15th : Morrison, in the 17th; Townsend, in tbe 19th, and possibly Sparks, in tbe 16th. Returns from 461 towns, including the city of Chicago, give Hayes a net majority of 19,021. if this ratio is kept up it w ; ll make his majority in the State over 30,000. Returns from Cook county complete ex cept a few Republican districts, give Hayes, 36,636 ; Tilden, 38,648 ; Cooper, 257 ; Cul lom, 36,927. It is claimed that Cook county is Republican by a small majority. Tbe city vote is as follows : Hayes, 28,317 ; Tilden, 33,247 ; Cooper, 229. The Tribune claims that the Republicans elect their whole county ticket except Clough for Sheriff ; 552 towns in the State outside of Chicago, give Hayes, 112,062; Tilden, 91,030; Hayes' ma jority over 20,000. These towns show an in crease in the aggregate vote of nearly 50,000 over the vote for President in 1872. The returns from the Congressional dis tricts so far received show the election of Aldrich (Rep) in the 1st ; Harrison (Dem) in 2d ; Brentano (Rep) in 3d ; Lathrop (Rep) in 4th; Burchard (Rep) in 5th; Henderson (Rep) in 6th ; Fort (Rep) in 8th ; Wilson (Dem) in 9th ; Springer (Dem) in 12th ; Can non (Rep) in 14th ; Morrison (Dem) in 17th ; Wiley (Rep) in 18th ; and the result in the 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15tb, 16th and 19th is in doubt. Morris (Rep) is elected to Congress in the 10th district, a Republican gain. This is three in the State. The only additional Congressional news is that Tipton (Rep) has carried the 13th dis trict. This makes the 4th Republican gain in the State. Sparks (Dem) carried the 16th by a good majority. — - — .4 ». mm - Iona. Des Moines, November 8.-Three hundred and twenty counties, casting two-thirds of the State vote, give Hayes 18,882 majority, a Republican gain of 8,829. The State gives Hayes over 50,000 majority. She sends to the next House an unbroken front of nine Republican Congressmen. Tbe Republicans here are greatly encour aged here over the possible election of Hayes and are marching in procession singing patri otic songs. They are just now serenading the Democrats assembled at the Court House, by singing John Brown's body, etc. — «4 40^ — Wisconsin. Milwaukee, November 8.—The majority for Hayes is from 3,000 to 5,000. The Congressmen elected from this State are as follows: Williams, Rep; Caswell, Rep. ; Hazleton, Rep. ; Lynde, Dem. ; Brag, Dem. ; Brouck, Deni. ; Humphrey, Rep. ; Pound, Rep. Milwaukee, November 9.—The Republi cans will have a majority of 18 in the Assembly and 11 in the Senate. The majority for Hayes in the State will exceed 5,000. — «4 4^n»t »» --- Jlassacli usetis. Boston, November 8.—Returns from 332 towns, all but 8 small ones, give Hayes 143, 912; Tilden, 105,535; Rice, 131,480; Adams, 103,020; Baker, 11,868. The 7th district complete stands : Butler, 12,060 ; Tarbox, 9,425 ; Hoar, 2,028. Boston, Nevember 10.—Official returns from the Third Congressional district show that Dean (Dem.) is elected by seven votes. Boston, November 10.—The entire vote of Massachusetts with the exception of the town of Gosnold, is as follows : Hayes, 149,205 ; Tilden, 108,247; Rice, 136,282; Adams, 105,- 825; Baker, 12,127. Rice's plurality, 30,- 453; majority over all, 18,326. - -^«4 I MI --- Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, November 8.-Returns from 24 counties in this State, including Philadel phia, show a net Republican gain of 2,499. This does not include Allegheny county. Campbell (Rep) is elected in the 7th Con gressional district, a Republican gain. Philadelphia, November 9.—Full returns from 63 counties in this State show Repub lican gains on the Presidential ticket com pared with the vote for Governor last year of 11,612. Tbe Democratic gains in these coun ties are 7,9o5. The net Republican gains are 3,657. The election of Stenger (Dem) to Congress from the 18th district is claimed by a major ity of 54. Xalae. Augusta, (Me.) November 9,—Official re turns from 812 towns give Hayes 57,684, and Tilden, 43,492. ^ IMkota. Yankton, November 8.—The election re turns come in slowly, but they indicate a larger Republican majority than ever given before. Kidder (Rep) for Delegate, over Spink (Dem) has a large majority, probably reaching 3,000. _____----- Utah. Salt Lake, November 8.—Cannon, Mor mon, is elected Delegate over Baskin, Lib eral, by probably 20,000 majority. Mew Hampshire. Concord, November 8.—Returns from 210 towns give Hayes 39,564; Tilden, 36,222, with 26 towns to hear from, which gave last year 70 Democratic majority. The total vote will reach 80,000, tbe heaviest ever polled. The Republican majority will be about 3,200. Concord, November 10.—Returns from 323 towns give llayes 41,546; Tilden, 38,456; scattering, 93. Tbe remaining three towns in last March gave Cheney 23 ; Marey, 42. ----—H 4 $^^ >♦ ---- Oregon. New York, November 10 —A Portland, Oregon, dispatch says : Returns from all but three counties give a Republican majority of 1,250, which the returns from the other three counties will increase to 1,300. San Francisco, November 10.—The press dispatches this afternoon from Portland, Oregon, give in 20 counties 1,202 for Hayes. Only three counties, Curry, Grant and Lake, remain to be heard from, which will be about a stand off and will not reduce the majority. ^ *4 4^1 ^-- California. San Francisco, November 10.—Returns from the southern districts do not yet cer tainly show whether Pacheco or Wigginton is elected, but tbe chances are in favor of the former. Luttrell is probably elected in the 3d district. In tbe 4th Congressional district the re turns thus far obtained, which are semi official and trustworthy, give Pacheco (Rep N 622 majority. The small precincts to be heard from will not materially modify these figures. Lon iNlnna. New Orleans, November 8.—The fol lowing official and unofficial 'returns of Par ishes received, is as follows: Ieres, Repub lican vote 1,453; Democratic. 1,246. Repub lican gain 577. Colcascon, Democratic, 1, 241 ; Republican, 95 ; net Republican gain 25. West Feliciana, Democratic by 250 to 300 majority ; Democratic gain 1,109. Jack son, Democratic, 1,040 ; Republican, 331*; Democratic gain 265. Note.—C omparisons are made with 74 returns of the Democratic Conservative Com mittee, as published in the World almanac. The election was peaceable aud quiet. No disturbance is reported from any quarter of the State. Reports show that the Demo crats polled a heavy negro vote in the in terior. in eleven parishes partial official returns and estimates show net Democratic gains ot 7,126 over the Democratic Conservative Com mittee's returns of 1874, which elected Mon cure, Democratic Treasurer by 2,939. The above indicates that the Democrats have car ried the State by from 15,000 to 20,000, which is claimed by the Democratic Committee. The Democratic majority in tbe city will probably reach 11,000. The Republicans claim tbe State by from 10,000 to 15,000. Louisville, November 8.—The following was received here at 12:20 a. m., to J. Van horn, Gen. Sup.t. New Orleans. The count is not yet made in this city, but the Democratic majority is over 11,000. In 17 other parishes, though the returns from them are as yet in complete, the Democratic majority is over 5,000. We claim the State by from 5,000 to 6,000 majority. New York, November 9.—The following has been received from the Republican head quarters, at the Fifth Avenue Hotel : Gov. Kellogg telegraphs as follows : "The returns are even better than we expected. Be easy so far as Louisiana is concerned. The Herald'8 Louisiana special says : Tbe State has gone Democratic by 7,000. Chicago, November 9.—The Tribune* Washington special, 10 o'clockp. in., says: A dispatch just received here from New Or leans, from an editor of the New York 'Time*, says that the State is so close that official count is necessary to determine the result, and that in any event there is a possibility of a seri ous disturbance. New Orleans goes Demo cratic bv 9,000 majority. The Chicago THbune's New Orleans spe cial 10:35 p. in. says : A prominent planter of Concordia Parish gives information that 23 negroes w'ere killed at Fayette,near Nachez, Mi 89 ., on election night. He states that the atrocity was committed utterly without pro vocation. The Jackson Clarion recently ad vised that the enthusiasm of the young men must not be restrained. The telegraph wires were cut previous to the massacre. A gen tleman from St. Martinsville, La., says that a leading colored man was murdered last Sun day evening, at Breer Bridge, for expressing Republican sentiments. An official dispatch toU. S. Marshal Pieken from Madison Parish, one of the State Republican strongholds ac cessible by telegraph, where the vote has been counted and a Republican majority of 2,150 obtained, states that since the count the Democrats have seized several of the ballot boxes, which, with their contents, have been destroyed. This plan will probably be car ried out in the Republican strongholds all ouer the state as soon as the advices are known. Dispatches received state that Abe Hewitt, of New York, and Watterson, of Courier-Jour - nal % are on the way down here. Phil. Sheri dan is needed. New Orleans, November 10.—3 p. m.— The Democrats claim a majority of 4,000 as far as heard from. No returns from the balance of the State, but it gave a majority of over 4,000 in 1874. Three out of five Congressmen are certainly' elected, and one doubtf ul. | _ Went Vlrtflmit. Wheeling, November 8. —This State will give about 17,000 majority for Tilden. AH three Democratic Congressmen are elected.