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Affairs in Louisiana.
New Orleans, December 26.— 1 The Re publicans bave already taken steps to prevent the Democrats getting possession of the State House. They have barricaded the windows and doors, except the two principal entrances, and have placed a guard of Metropolitan Po lice there. The Republicans say the Demo cratic programme is for Wiltz,Jthe Demo cratic candidate for Lieut. Governor, to take possession of the Senate Chamber, and that, failing in this, the next step will be to organ ize the Democratic Senate in another build ing, but that this will fail. There are six Democratic Senators who will not consent to this. The result will be that Nicholls will be simply inaugurated and then go borne. New Orleans, December 2 ». —The Senate Committee met and took up the parish of East Baton Rouge. Alexander Stevens Gilbert (colored) testi fied as follows : "I reside in East Baton Rouge, about three miles from the city. Have seen armed bodies of men, styled bull-dozers or regulators, riding on the public roads at uight. They visited the cabins of colored people—Republicans. They were Democrats. They visited my house on the night of the Oth of September, when I was absent. My wife and two colored men escaped into the fields. They put a rope around my wife's neck, broke my gun and tore down the fences. Knew Paul Johnson (colored). Think he was murdered. Knew the two Myers. Think they were murdered. Did not see their bodies. Knew Win. R. Payne (colored). He was taken out and tied with a rope. He lived about 300 yards from my house. Heard a pistol shot and about fifteen minutes after about fifteen men coming down the lane. They broke down Payne's door, and said they wanted Payne and no one else. They went in and brought him out. He said : 'Gen tlemen, what do you want of me ? I am not a thief.' They said, 'Well, if you ain't a thief now, you have been one.' He answered, 'I have lived a Radical and will die one.' His body w as afterwards found in Armit river. There were marks on the road where he had been dragged. He was President of the Third ward Republican Club at the time he was taken. The Democrats drew pistols on me at a Republican meeting while on the stand. I was a candidate for the Legislature." S. D. McEnery, being recalled and question ed by Saulsbury as to the condition of the canvass in Ouachita, said : "One of the first efforts was to break down the color line by assuring the negroes that if they would join the Democrats their condition would be im proved by their attempt to secure a good gov ernment. In order to do this the assistance of leading colored men in the various wards was first enlisted, and arguments and reasons were used to induce the colored men to join them. Rifle clubs t were organized for the purpose of securing the peace of the com munity, and protecting colored Democrats from the violence of colored Republicans. Had notified the Judge of the District Court that if this intimidation of colored Democrats was not stopped by the courts, they would be forced to protect them and visit summary punishment on the offenders. Another View of the Presidency. New York, December 27.—William M. Grosvenor publishes a strong letter to show that if Congress continues the discussion of the Presidential muddle until the 4th of March next, the new House of Representa tives will have the right and duty to elect a President. Grosvenor claims that the right to elect does not devolve upon any House of Representatives until all the certificates of the Electoral Colleges have been opened. A prolonged debate may prevent such com pleted opening until the present Congress ex pires, in which case the new House will have until the 4th of March, 1878, to choose a President, unless in the meantime it shall have been officially ascertained and declared that no person is elected by the people. It is only after such ascertainment that the consti tution directs the House to choose immedi ately by ballot a President. Death of Ex-Senator Nye. New York, December 28.—Ex-Senator Nyc died at White Plains on Monday. It is understood that he died of softening of the brain, from which he had been suffering for years. Tony Pnstnr's Theatre Burned. New York, December 28.—Tony Pastor's theatre is now burning, and is likely to be totally destroyed. -— -« 400 » -- Cronin's Papers. Washington, December 27.—Cronin de livered the Oregon electoral vote to Vice President Ferry to-day. The latter declined to give receipt, on account of two returns, as from Florida. Orton Subpoenaed. Washington, December 27.—The Speaker of the House has caused a subpoena to issue against Orton to appear forthwith before the Morrison Investigating Committee, at New Orleans, with the required telegrams. A Southern Paper*» Sentiment. New York, December 27.—The Southern States , printed in Chickasaw county, Missis sippi, says: We have elected Tilden, and by the eternal we will inaugurate him, peace ably if we can, forcibly if we must. Men of Mississippi, be prepared with your rifles to respond to the call of President Tilden. He may need your services. The Southern Democracy must have a reserve force in the South of 500(?) Northern Democrats are mak ing ready to be on hand at the inauguration of President Tilden. Prepare to do your duty. the be list In the all but ing to to one ine Florida Canvaasine Board. Tallahassee, December 26.—Governor Stearns says the decision of the Supreme Court settles the election question in this State, and he has advised the Canvassing Board to obey the orders of the court. Secretary of State Lillien notifies the other members of the Board to meet in his office at 11 o'clock to-morrow to canvass according to the court's mandate. The Senate Committee have concluded their labors here and left for Jacksonville. Washington, December'26.—The Florida Supreme Court's mandate for a new canvass by the Returning Board is the chief topic in Washington political circles to-day. The Republicans deny that it refers or can possi bly have any bearing on the Presidential Electors. Alex. H. Stephens and some other prominent Democrats, while admitting that under the Federal Constitution no electoral college can cast its vote after the first Mon day in December and that therefore no new electoral college can be constituted for Flor ida, they insist that in case the court declares the Returning Boards of the previous elec tion illegal, no electoral votes whatever can be counted from Florida, and that such a re duction of the total number of the electoral votes from 369 to 365, will give Tilden an undisputed 184 votes, a constitutional major ity sufficient to elect him. The Democratic leaders have instructed Cronin not to deliver the Oregon certificates at all, the purpose being to prevent the count of the electoral votes from Oregon and then to claim that either 184 is the constitutional majority, or else that the Presidential election has been thrown into the House of Repre sentatives. Tallahassee, December 28. —The notice from the Secretary of State to members of the Canvassing Board to meet this morning to recanvass the returns was withdrawn to day. McLen and Cowgill refused to obey the order of the court and wiil file a motion to vacate the rule and set aside the mandamus. Attorney-General Cocke will obey the man date of the court, by making a canvass him self. Ex-Attorney-General Williams'arrived this evening. New Orleans, December 28.—Before the Senate Committee to-day, B. A. Shelby, of Ouachita, corroborated the testimony of Sam McEnery, given yesterday. He contradicted Hall's statement that the colored men were forced into the Democratic clubs, and declar ed that James and Van Logan were at his house when Eliza Pinkston swore that they were with the party that killed her husband. Several colored Democrats testified that the election was peaceable. The Wadleigh Senate sub-committee, took testimony showing that in East Baton Rouge, while the negroes were Republicans from choice, many were forced to vote the Demo cratic ticket through threats of losing their position and being beaten. Andrew Harrison testified that he was beaten and thus compelled to vote the Democratic ticket. Knew two negroes who were hung and nearly killed for refusing to join the Democrats. The regulators were originally organized against thieves, but subsequently became bull-dozers. He described the break ing up of the Mount Vernon Republican club, and the subsequent riot. H. G. Washington narrated several acts of violence by the bull-dozers, and reluctantly named the leaders, asking the committee what protection he would have. McDonald said if any one molested him to report to the committee. Witness replied : "If I go home and get killed I can't report to the committee." Other witnesses gave similar testimony, showing that the greatest barbarity was exer cised by the whites toward the negroes. New t Orleans, December 28.-The Demo cratic »State Senators holding over, and the clerk, Tre8evant, of the House, called on Governor Kellogg to-day and protested against barricading the State House and demanded the removal of the barricades, which the Governor declined to do, and when asked if contestants and citizens would be admitted, be replied they would not, but that if guards were placed at the; door they would have a list of members declared elected by the Re turning Board and they would be admitted. In answer to Tresevant, the Governor said, as the Executive he assumed the right to control all approaches to the House of Representa tives. It is positively asserted that the Demo crats have not agreed upon any programme, but it is currently reported that the White League have been ordered out next Tuesday. New Orleans, December 29.—The Senate Committee is engaged this morning in hear ing rebutting testimony regarding Ouachita Parish.. Saulsbury asked for information in regard to the seeming inaccuracy in reference to the statement of the Returning Board in regard to the total vote for Republican Electors. The Chairman said all the necessary docu ments would be furnished. The Senate sub-committee, after hearing one witness, adjourned to Eliza Pinkston's residence to take her testimony. The House Committee is examining Col.; Patten, Chairman of the Democratic Com mittee. It is said the House Committee will exam ine all witnesses who have been before the Senate Committee. Condemned. Chicago, December 28.— The Tribune's Washington special says that Banning's war speech is almost universally condemned. THE OREGON CASE. Testimony Before the Sen ate Elections Com mittee. How the Web-Foot Governor Tried to Steal an Electoral Vote. Washington, December 29. —The Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections com menced taking testimony to-day in the Oregon case. Chadwick, Secretary of State of Oregon, testified that the first intimation he had of Watts being a postmaster, was after the elec tion last November. Witness canvassed the vote of the State in the manner prescribed by law. Nothing was said on that day about Watts being ineligible. He did not prepare lifts of the electors voted for with the vote of each attached and under seal of the State, The Governor prepared the lists after looking over the law on that subject, as he and wit ness in a conversation agreed to comply with the acts of Congress and the statutes of Oregon as nearly as possible in the matter. He said Cronin received the highest number of votes for elector on the Democratic ticket. The law of Oregon required him to canvass the vote in the presence of the Governor anc other State officers. On the day following the canvass the point as to whether the Gov ernor had the right to appoint Cronin in place of Watts as an elector was raised, as Watts was said to be ineligible. There was a hear ing on this subject before the Governor, and a protest was received from Odell agaiæt Cronin's appointment. On the 5th instant Mr. Hodgkins came to me and I gave him certified lists of the electors voted for, with the vote of each attached. On the day that the electoral college met I went at 12 o'clock to the room of their meeting and handed the certificates to Cronin, who came to the door when I knocked. I think that all the Repub lican and Democratic electors were in the room at the time. W. H. Odell was next called, and testified that on the day of the meeting of the electoral college he went with Cartwright and Watts to the Secretary of State to procure certificates of election, and he was referred to Grover, who stated that at 12 o clock certificates would be given the electors in the room ot their meeting. At the time specified the Sec retary of State handed an envelope through the door to Cronin, who stood nearest to it at the time. Cronin took the paper from the envelope and read that part of it which certi fied.that Cartwright, Odell and Cronin were eligible and had been elected Presidential Electors. Cartwright went towards Cronin, when Cronin returned the paper to the en velope and put it in his coat pocket, and upon being requested by witness and Cartwright to read the paper through he refused, and also declined to give up the certificates of any electors. The college was organized and wit ness was chosen chairman and Cartwright secretary. As chairman of the college, wit ness asked Cronin to produce the certificates of electors for the guidance of the college, but he declined to do so. Watts then read his resignation as an elector and it was ac cepted. Cronin then said, "You refuse to recognize me." Witness replied, "No, sir, but we want the certificates. Y T ou must not think that we will not act with you, and you must never go from here and say we would not act with you." Cronin then left that part of the room where the college was sitting and the college then proceeded to cast the vote, Watts being elected to fill the vacancy in the college caused by his own resignation. Witness heard of no purpose to arrest any one on the day the electoral college met ; saw no armed men, but have since heard that there were twenty in the room near wrhere the college met. At this point the committee adjourned until to-morrow, when the examination of Odell will be continued. Chadwick was also noti fied to be present, as the committee may wish to recall him for further examination. The committee, at the request of Senator Kernan, ordered a subpoena to be issued for E. A. Cronin, and it was served on him this afternoon. Suicide. Philadelphia, December 27.—Gen. John P. Bankson, Secretary and Treasurer of the Hannesville Distillery Company, committed suicide in his office this afternoon. The cause was a slight personal financial embarrass ment. __ _ Absconded. New York, December 27.— Otis Swan, a prominent lawyer, Secretary of Savings Bank, and an officer of the Union League, has decamped with from $300,000 to $500, 000 . War Material for Turkey. New Haven, December 28.—A heavy ship ment was made to-day of munitions of war for tbe Turkish government. The cargo is valued at $500,000. Denied. New York, December 29. — The Times' Columbus, Ohio, correspondent denies the story of Hayes' resignation of the Governor ship. ARBFMT OF BARNES. What Will tbe House Do With Him? New York, December 28.—The Tribune' Washington special says : Barnes, the New Orleans manager of the W. U. T. Co., left that city at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, in the custody of a deputy Sargeant-at-Arms. He should arrive here Saturday, and if a quorum of the House is present at that time, he might then be arraigned at the bar. failure. New York, November 27.—Chipman Stone & Co., one of the largest firms en gaged in the Japanese trade, have failed with liabilities estimated at $250,000 to $500, 000, the greater part of which is held in this city. Stone is liquidating the firm's affairs in Japan, and has made an assignment to Ethel C. Hine, of New York, for the cred itors. No Probability of Joint;, Committee Agreeing. Chicago, December 29. —The JournaVs Washington special says : Payne, Chairman of the House Committee to Consider the Counting of the Electoral Vote, in reply to an inquiry as to how his committee intended to fix things politically, answered that the only suggestion yet made which met with his approval is that the committee shall insist upon the right of the House to participate in counting the electoral vote, and to exercise its qlaimed right to throw out the vote of one of the Southern States, and thereby throw the election into the House. He said further that the Democratic members of the House Committee are firm in their conviction that Tilden must be the next President, and woulc not yield this point. On the other hand, Mor- ton declares that there will be no compro- mise, Hayes having been honestly elected. The Republicans may give away the Presi- dency, but even how they are to accomplish this under the constitution he cannot see. - m II IUI II •* - Meeting of Special Committee. Washington, December 29. —The Senate branch of the Joint Committee on Counting Electoral Votes had a long session again this morning. No proposition has yet been pre sented to the committee by any of its mem bers. One of them says the indications are that no conclusion on any point can possibly be reached by the Senate branch of the com mittee for several days at least, and that mat ters now before them are in such an uncertain condition as to preclude any reasonable con jecture as to the result of their delibeiations. Tbe Oregon Electoral Tote. Washington, December 29.—The Repub lican electoral votes of Oregon were yester day delivered to Senator Ferry by General Odell, in the presence of Senator Mitchell. No receipt was given. — ^ -M ». ^-- Ohio Democrats to Demonstrate. Columbus, December 29,—A special com mittee has been appointed to insure ample accommodation for all who may visit the Democratic convention on January 8. Tbe Eastern Qnestion. Berlin, December 29.—It is affirmed here that the Porte has declared its willingness to make concessions and offer ample security to the Powers, but refuses to sanction the occupation of its provinces by any troops whatever, and even refuses to consent to occupation by the English. Silver in London. Washington, December 28.—A private telegram received here to-day reports that 564d per ounce is to-day's ruling rate for silver in London, and says an India house this afternoon offered the German govern ment 56fd per. ounce for $1,500,000 worth of silver. The answer of the German govern ment will be given to-morrow. District of Columbia Government. Washington, December 27.—The House Committee on the District of Columbia re ported a bill which was the special order for January 4th. It provides that three Com missioners shall govern the District, one to be appointed by the President, one elected by the House, and one by the Senate. Final Session. Washington, December 28.—The Alabama Claims court holds its final session to-morrow. The only business to-day was granting the award of John Taffe, of San Francisco, for $276. and hearing motions for new trials. Kandall Protecting Hi« joint Buie. Chicago, December 28.-The Inter - Ocean's Washington special says : The restauranteur of the House has been selling liquor openly at his bar, claiming that its sale is only pro hibited by the joint rules, which are not now in force. Speaker Randall to-day ordered the practice discontinued, thus sustaining his previous decision that the rules are iu force. Rumor« Concerning a Distinguished New Tork Democrat. New York, December 28.— It is again re ported that Sweeney has arrived or soon will, and give up his plunder to the city on condi tion of immunity from being proceeded against. Louisiana Electoral Returns. Chicago, December 28. —Tbe Times Wash ington special says : President Ferry posi tively denies that he has receipted to General Anderson for tbe Lodisiana electoral returns, and says he will under no circumstances swerve from his determination to receipt for no returns from the disputed States, of which he considers Louisiana one. to to it at to tha red no and the that of CONGRESS. MOUSE. Washington, December 27.— The Speaker laid before the House a petition from certain citizens of Cincinnati in regard to counting the electoral vote. Discussion arose as to whether the petition should be . read, Garfield holding that the reading of a petition was out of order even though presented by the Speaker. Banning called Garfield's attention to the fact that a number of citizens went to New Orleans and made a report of a partisan nature to the President, who had sent it to the House and it had been printed. During the discussion as to the printing of that re port, that gentleman (Garfield) had taken the position that it must be printed, and now when a petition came signed by citizens of both parties the gentleman objected to print ing it. The other side of the House had also objected to the appointment of committees to investigate frauds in the Southern States and with three exceptions voted against it. They had also voted against the resolution calling for information in regard to the ejection of Governor Wells from the Governorship of Louisiana. The Republican party was at tempting to defeat the will of the people by fraud. But if there was one thing the people loved more than another, more than life, it was liberty. That was vouchsafed to them in our honest ballot-box. [Applause on the Democratic side and in the galleries.] He wished to tell the gentleman from Ohio (Gar field) that the people would have an honest ballot-box. Though the army might come with the rounds of ammunition, though the navy might be called upon, though the eighty thousand office-holders might be called to the rescue, an honest people would put them all down. [Applause.] He hoped, however, that members on the other side of the House would throw aside their partisanship and stand by the right. Garfield said he was glad that at last a gen tleman had been found who could speak for the American people, who could tell exactly what the people were to do. He sincerely regretted that his colleague (Banning) should speak in time of real danger like tbe present when the country needed all the wisdom and all its fairness and all its calmness, that he should have found it necessary at such a time to hint at what the people would do—they would defy the authority of the United States, that the army might come, that the navy might come, that the trappings of war might come, but that the people would come down and override everything. It was the very essence of violence for a gentleman to appeal to the people to resist the plain process of war, and in an hour like this the men who attempted to shake a brand of fire over the country were the men who ought to be most severely judged by the people. Banning said that he also thought the con dition of the country was dangerous and the House ought to proceed with cautiousness, and certainly that side of the House was doing so and it would continue to do so, but it would not be deterred from its duty by any thing or anybody. Frye said the fact that many were talking about war and yet gold stood at 108£ and not at 150, showed clearly that the people did not take any stock in the Democratic cry of war. They were not easily frightened by gentlemen who talked about the people coming and stripping men of power. After further discussion the House ad journed. house. Washington, December 28. —Blinn intro duced a bill authorizing the purchase of gold dust and bullion at the assay office at Boise City. Referred, and the House adjourned. SENATE. Washington, December 29. -The Chair pre sented a telegram from Logan in Chicago, asking, on account of the limited time he had, to be excused from the special committee on tha electoral count. His request was granted, and Conkling was appointed in his place. Gordon presented a petition from Wade Hampton and the member of the General Assembly of South Carolina, reciting events which have recently transpired in that State, and asking Congress to provide for a cessa tion of military interference and enable the legislature to exercise its official duties. Gordon moved that the memorial be refer red to the Judiciary Committee. Frelinghuysen moved its reference to the Election Committee. Pending the discussion, Gordon, by unani mous consent, introduced a resolution recog nizing the Hampton Government as the legal government of South Carolina, but objection was made by Morton and others to its present consideration. The vote on Frelinghuy sen's motion showed no quorum present. Adjourned. > »► ■* Fire Record. Et. mtra, (N Y.) December 28. —D. Atwater and Newcomb & Wakers boot and shoe manufactories burned to-day. Loss, $75,000 ; insurance, $45,000. The Richmond Enquirer vs anxious for the fighting to begin right away, but it begs that the throat cutting may be confined to the North. "The South," it says, "must remain passive spectator. She has signalized her devotion to liberty and constitutional govern ment, and her deeds have passed into history where they will remain to challenge the ad miration of future generations." This kind of patriotic sacrifice reminds one forcibly of Artemus Ward.