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reported specially for the herald by WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. lilt: MM TIlERN POLICY. Republican «Senators Protest Against Democratic Appointments. Xew York, November 15. —The Times Washington special says : A number of Sen ators, styled a "Committee of the Republican caucus,'' had a long interview with the Presi dent last evening. The Senators composing the committee were Edmunds, Hamlin, Howe, Cameron, of Pa., Kirkwood, Hoar and Chris tiane) 7 . Edmunds is one of the most plain spoken of all the Senators upon the appoint ment of Democrats to office, and he is under stood to have placed before the President in exceedingly strong light the views enter tained by tbe Republican Senators touching the appointment of Southern Democrats. This was the principal point of discussion between the committee and the President, the Southern policy to some extent being involved. The conference resulted in no compromise and no concessions. The President did not agree nor intimate that he was willing to agree that he would not hereafter nominate Democrats to offices, and the committee did not recede from the position of the caucus—that such nominations could not be confirmed—for that in fact was the spirit of the caucus résolu tion, though stated with some indirectness. Members of the committee express the opin ion that the President will be much more careful in selecting Democrats hereafter, and will be more certain of the strength of the reasons which control his action, and that Senators will be less likely to find fault until they have taken the pains to understand the President's reasons. This was about all of the result of the conference, and another caucus will probably be held to receive the report of the committee. The details of the conference is not much spoken of by those present, but it was not by any means satis factory to all the Senators. The position oc cupied by tbe Republican caucus is already well understood. In response to the formal presentation of its views to the President, he replied in general terms. He did not intend to appoint Democrats when Republicans fit for the position could be selected, unless there were in a given case special and particular reasons for a different course. He had not nominate any Democrats without reasons which seemed to him sufficient and which he had no doubt would seem sufficient to the Senate if placed before them in detail. He spoke freely and at some leugth of his views concerning tue treatment of the Southern sit uation and what he expected would be ac complished by the course that he has pur sued. Whm ilie "World" Mays. New York, November 14.—The Wor'J's Washington special, on the caucus, has the following : The President closed a protract ed conversation, of which this dispatch at tempts to give only the tenor as communica ted to the Republican Senators, and does not assume to use any of his language in saying that he was conducting his administration on the basis of the platform on which he was nominated, and in accordance with his letter of acceptance. He had always been a Re publican and did not desire to antagonize his fellow Republicans in Congress. He hoped they would all co-operate in the interests of the country, "For," said he, "we must not forget that I am President of the whole coun try and not of any party. Road Affent convicted. Cukyennk, Fovember 14.—In the United States District Court to-day Ponce Rines, one of the recently captured road agents, was found guilty and sentence to 14 years in the penitentiary. Nominations. Washington, November 5. —The President sent the following nominations to the Senate to-duy : Chauncy I. Filley, Postmaster at St. Louis; Win. H. Danielson, for Fort Hall Indian Agency, Idaho. Confirmed. Washington, November 15.—The Senate confirmed Jas. S. Patten for Indian Agent at the Shoshone Agency, Wyoming. A|»i>ointment. Washington, November 15.—Otto Schitter was appointed store keeper of the Fourth District, California. -—^ «« am . - Lite Insurance Officer Conic to Grief. .New York, November 14.—Robert L. ( ase, President of the Security Life and an nuity Insurance Company, was convicted to day of perjury i n swearing to the annual statement lor 1875, and was remanded for sentence. Ocean Ktenmt»hlp Mis*in*. Montreal, November 14.-Considerable anxiety is felt for the safety of the steamship Thames, now twenty-two days out from Liverpool. Livelpool, November 15.—Great uneasi ness is felt about the steamer Mexican, from Port Royal, September 15th, for Liverpool. Nothing has been heard of her since her de parture. She had a crew of thirty men, but no passengers. Schooner Mining. Halifax, November 15.—New Foundland advices state that the schooner Rose of Car boncar, which is missing, had fifty persons <m l,oard > *nen, women and children. About lor, y da >' s bilv e passed since she left the Lab ia-lor coast. CHICAGO FIRE. Destruction of Field, Letter & Co.'s Great Dry Goods House. Chicago, November 14.—At 8:05 this even ing an alarm of fire was sounded from the corner of State and Washington streets, a fire having been discovered in Field & Leiters retail establishment. By a fatal mistake no body was at the box when the firemen ar rived, and they were misdirected to another building and had almost concluded that false alarm had been given, when the fiâmes were seen bursting from the upper story of Field & Leiter's large store. By this error of judgment fully fifteen minutes were consum ed, and the fire had gained much headway before the first stream was directed upon it. The origin of the fire is in doubt, some say ing that it began in the pressing stove and that it was first found in the loft above. It quickly communicated by means of the open elevator hatchway with the lower floors, and at 10 o'clock almost the entire stock of dry goods was completely destroyed by fire or by water. The building seems to be completely gutted except on the two lower floors, which remain less injured than the others. An ac cident happened to the firemen by which one was killed outright and four others were taken from the ruins so badly hurt that they will probably die. No list of insurance can be given to-night. Chicago, November 15.—The fire origi nated, according to an eye-witness of its in cipiency, near the stove, and probably from it, north to the elevator, and was spread not only by the elevator, but by the light shaft in the middle of the building, which extends from the garret to the basement and is 40x60 feet in extent. The building was owned by the Singer Manufacturing Company, and cost when built some five years ago $750,000, and is worth now at least $500,000. Tbe walls, which were impaired by an earlier fire, have never been as strong as they should be, and are now so shaky that they will doubtless come down. The building may, therefore, be considered very nearly a total loss. The stock is variously estimated at from $750,000 to $1,500,000. Mr. Field himself estimates the loss at about $1,000,000 on stock. The manager says thpre was a retail stock in the store of $750,000, and from $250,000 to $500, 000 of wholesale stock stored in the basement. The insurance on the building is not known, but it is stated to be over $200,000, and is placed by a New York agency. The stock is believed to he insured for at least two thirds of its value. The accidents are numer ous, and scarcely one of the firemen escaped without bruises. The following are the kt n casualties : Charles A. Dudley, of San Fran cisco, but formerly a member of a Chicago fire company, which he was assisting to-night, killed ; a watchman in the building, name unknown, killed ; Lieut. J. H. Shauenberg, a fireman, dangerously injured internally ; Francis Flannagan, internally hurt and as phyxiated dangerously ; R. C. Paine, colored fireman, severely injured; Jerome Bailey, pipeman, badly injured about the face and hands. Tbe following persons are missing : John O'Rourke, Eugene Sweeney, pipeman, sup posed to be in the ruins. Pat Smith, an em ployee was hurt badly by a falling timber which struck him on the head. All the in jured are more or less burned. The injuries, however, resulted largely from the falling stairs and elevator, which fell on account of the breaking of a rope. Three men were un der it, two of whom were probably killed thereby. Eight hundred and fifty persons are thrown out of employment by this dis aster. Chicago, November 15.—A fire broke out a second time early this morning in the base ment where were stored a large quantity of package goods, and it became necessary to flood that part of the store. Besides Dudley, who was reported killed last night, the only other man known to have fallen a victim to the flames is O'Rourke, fireman, who fell with the stairs from the third story to the basement, and whose body has not yet been found. Five men are badly injured, hut not it is believed fatally hurt. New York, November 15.—Vice President McKenzie of the Singer Manufacturing Co., says that the loss to their building by the fire in Chicago would not exceed $100,000. The ground cost them $330,000, and the building was erected at a cost of $700,000. Suicide. Chicago, November 14.—The body of Wm. F. Coolbaugh, President of the Union National Bank, of this city, was found on the steps of the Douglas monument about 6 o'clock this morning. A revolver with Wm. Coolbaugh's name on it was lying near him. The event was induced by matters outside of bank affairs, as is shown by a statement made this morning by bank examiner Wat son, that he, on last night, concluded his semi-annual examination of the Union Na tional Bank, and that his report to the Comp troller of currency will show not only a sol vent hank, hut a condition of unusually large cash means. He adds that whatever were Mr. Coolbaugh's troubles, neither the condition of hi9 hank nor his relations to it had any connection with them. The officers of the bank have issued the following circu lar to their correspondents : W. F. Cool baugh, late President of the Uuion National Bank, committed suicide this morning. The act was not caused by financial trouble, either of his own or this hank. The hank is not only solvent but specially strong and sound ; and its business will not he interrupted by this sad event. Destructive Fire. St. Louis, November 13.—A fire broke out in the engine room of the five-story building on Fourth street, between Pine and Chestnut streets, opposite the Planters' House. The flames immediately ascended the elevator. All the rooms in the rear of the building, from the basement to the roof, are now in flames. John Bon nell's restaurant in therear of the building is destroyed, and the fire has extended through to Fourth street. The front of the magnificent Chamber of Commerce building is only separated from the burning structure by an area of 20 feet, but the wind is from the southeast. The flames aie driven northeast, and there are prospects now that the building will not he injured beyond the possible breaking of the plate glass windows of the Merchants' Exchange, the hall of which occupies the whole of the western side of the Chamber of Commerce building. The whole fire department is on duty. St. Louis, November 14.—At 1:30 o'clock tbe fire was under control, and was confined to the building in which it originated. The building was occupied by M. J. Steilburg, hat and fur store. His stock is said to have been worth from $60,000 to $70,000. The building was owned by Mrs. Ann C. Hunt, and cost about $60,000. The Chamber of Commerce building escaped with a damage to some 20 panes of plate glass. The prop erty destroyed was insured for $70,000. Byron, (Ill's.) November 14.—A fire here last night destroyed a number of stores in the business portion of the city. Loss—$40, - 000 : insurance small. Earthquake Throughout the Western States. Omaha, November 15.—An earthquake visited Omaha and vicinity about 12:25 this morning. It was pretty generally felt all over the city. The shock was very distinctly felt, creating intense excitement among the occupants of houses and causing a rush for the doors. The shake lasted from half a minute to a minute and a half, according to the statements of different parties. The most excitement occurred at the post office build ing. The U. S. Circuit Court was in session in the large court room on the third floor. Judge Usher was just addressing the court, when suddenly a large clock on the wall, back of the Judge's seat, swung to and fro, as well as the large chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, and a general vibration of the whole building was noticed. A general panic ensued. The Judge stopped short in bis argument, and the numerous crowd sprang to their feet and started for the door. In the various offices below, especially in the Internal Revenue department, all the occu pants were startled and made a start fur the doors, »similar scenes occurred at the County Court House, where the Douglass County District Court was in session. The building vibrated slightly, but sufficiently to give nearly everybody a scare.. In every quarter of the city similar incidents transpired. At the North Platte school children hurriedly vacated the school building. The Court House was slightly damaged. The walls of the Court House at Columbus were cracked in nine different places. The Court House at Plattsmouth, twenty miles south of Omaha, was also cracked. It is reported that con siderable glass was broken at Sioux City, Iowa. Council Bluffs, (Iowa,) November 15.— A number of earthquake shocks in quick suc cession were felt here at 12:15 to-day. The motion was apparently east and west and lasted about two minutes. No material dam age was done in the city, nor in Western Iowa as far as can he learned. Iowa City, November 15.—At 12:30 to-day quite a severe earthquake shock was felt at this place. Persons in the second and third stories of buildings ran down to the streets in alarm, and on the ground floor doors and window's were jarred and rattled. Chicago, November 15.—The earthquake in the country west of here seems to have extended ea9t as far as Dubuque, south to some points in Kansas, west beyond Yank ton, and north to the northern section of Iowa. It was most severe in the west near Omaha, but in no section did it inflict any great damage. Toronto, November 14.—A slight earth quake shock was felt here at 9:40 a. m. Tbe Tote of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, November 15.—The official vote of Pennsylvania shows the following result : Starrett, (Rep.) for Supreme Judge, 244,480; Trunkey, (Dem.) 251,000; Bartley, (Greenback) 51,482; Winton, (Prohibitionist) 2,869. Trunkey's plurality is 6,520. The other officers' votes were in about the same proportion. Republican Triumph. Nashville, (Tenn.) November. 15.—A Chattanooga special to the Nashville Ameri can says : The Republicans to-day elected a Republican Mayor and six Aldermen, and the Democrats elected four Aldermen and the City Marshal. Dnty on Wool. Washington, November 15. -The Treasury Department has decided that wool en the skin imported from the Sandwich Islands is to be charged the same duty as other wool, tbe exemption from duty accorded by the treaty with the Hawaiian government to hides and skins undressed extending only to their skins. Nomination. Washington, November 16.—The Presi dent to-day nominated Benjamin F. Peixotto, of California, for U. 8. Consul General at St. Petersburg, and John L. Lynch for Post master of Salt Lake, Utah. as It of to by the of and any and the tute the lect in - FOBTWIffl CONGBESS. SENATE-EXTRA SESSION. Washington, November 14.—Ingalls, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, reported with amendments the Senate bill to enable Indians to become citizens of the United States. Placed on the calendar. Conover introduced a bill to grant addi tional homesteads to soldiers upon the public lands in the States of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. Referred to Com mittee on Public Lands.! Windom reported with amendments the House bill making appropriations for support of the army. Placed on the calendar. Washington, November 15.—Mitchell in troduced a hill to establish a railroad and telegraph line from Portland to Astoria, Ore gon. Referred to Railroad Committee. Dawes presented a remonstrance of forty five National Banks of Boston against the passage of the hill for the remonetization of silver, The petitioners set forth that they are required by law to hold many millions of United States bonds and are apprehensive that the passage of the bill will greatly depre ciate their value and have a bad influence on the business of the country. Referred. Sargent reported without amendments the bill providing for certain deficiencies in the pay of the navy and marine corps and for other purposes, and it passed without discus sion. It now goes to the President for his signature. Eaton introduced a joint resolution pro posing an amendment to the constitution pro viding for a tribunal by the States for deci sion of all contested issues arising in the choice of electors for President and Vice President. Referred. At the expiration of the morning hour the Senate proceeded with the consideration of the Army Appropriation bill. Eaton demanded a separate vote on the amendment limiting the army to 25,000 men instead of 20,000. He said 20,000 men were enough to take care of our interests on the frontiers. If the soldiers had not been sta tioned where they should not have been six months ago, there would have been no need of that carnage on our frontier which we have seen. The amendments made in committee was agreed to by 39 yea9 to 19 nays. Other amendments made in Committee of the Whole were concurred in without divis ion—providing that the army shall not he re cruited below 25,000 men instead of 20,000, as authorized by the House. The bill was read a third time and passed. It now goes back to the House for the action of that body. Washington, November 16.—At the ex. piration of the morning hour, Davis, of West Virginia, called up the resolution recently submitted by him, providng for a committee to inquire into the discrepancies in the books and accounts in the Treasury Department, and made a speech thereon. IngallR introduced a hill repealing the act authorizing the coinage of 20-cent silver pieces. Referred. On motion of Ingalls it was ordered that when the Senate adjourn it he to meet on Monday next. Washington, November 16—To-day Jones submitted the following : Resolved, That the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Interior are hereby directed to communicate to the Senate the instructions given to agents and marshals in the States of Alabama, Florida and Mississ ippi, touching the seizure of logs, lumber and naval stores, suspected of having been taken from public lands of the United States ; whether or not, under orders given to said agents and marshals, large amounts of prop erty in the possession of citizens of the United States, held under claim of valid title, have been seized without a warrant supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly de scribing the things to be seized. After a brief discussion the resolution was amended to request the President to furnish the information to the Senate, and on motion of Chaffee it was further amended so as to include the instructions to he given to the agents and marshals in all other States and Territories a9 well.as the States named. As thus amended the resolutien was agreed to. Davis spoke at length declaring that differ ences and changes involving millions were evident from reports ; that Secretary Bristow and the Finance Committee admit such un explained corrections ; that only since 1871 reports have differed, and that other reasons existed for the passage ef his resolution. Morrill submitted a substitute for the reso lution of Davis, a9 follows : Resolved , That a committee of three be appointed to investigate the finance reports, books and accounts of the Treasury Depart ment, particularly the report from 1869 to 1872 exclusive, to ascertain whether or not any actual differences or discrepancies exist, and also whether or not any alterations in the amounts or figures have been made, and report the facts to the Senate ; and that said committee shall have power to employ a stenographer. Beck submitted an amendment to substi tute authorizing the committee to report on the feasibility of dividing the Treasury De partment into two departments, one to col lect revenues and the other to disburse the same. Beck withdrew his amendment on the statement by Eaton that his committee was considering this plan. Morrill declared that all ot Davis' allega tions had been explained by the reports of to all of of Sherman and Kernan in 1876. The fullest examination was unobjectionable hut a large committee was superfluous. Davis himself might go and make an examination of the books. He defended and explained the sys tem of book keeping. Thurman did not think Sherman's report ex plained the alleged discrepancies, and there were contradictions between his explanation and that of ex-Secretary of the Treasuy Boutwell. He urged that investigation be made, and moved an amendment that the committee authorized do not expire with the end of the present session. Agreed to. Dawes denied the discrepancies and said tbe whole subject was already explained. Morrill desired a full investigation, that the credit of the country might be vindi cated. No frauds would be found against the Democrats or Republicans. Hereford quoted from the finance reports to show the existence of discrepancies, and denied that they were attributable to defec tive book keeping. The previous explana tions were unsatisfactory. Morrill said he would not oppose the reso lution if the intimation of alterations were omitted, and the force to be employed were limited to a stenographer and clerk. Davis promised to amend the resolution. Adjourned. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Swan reported a bill relative to the Paris Exposition. It accepts the invitation of France to take part in the Exposition and appropriates $150.000. Cox, of New York, offered a substitute appropriating $50,000. Referred. The committees were then called for re ports of a private nature. Mills offered a resolation directing the Military Committee to inquire into the strength of the cavalry and infantry regi ments of the army, how many regiments are employed on the Texas frontier, the charac ter of troops employed there, military man agement of the frontier, and what additional force is necessary to protect the people of Texas from Mexican raiders. Waddell reported a bill directing the Sec retary of the Treasury to pay in full to mail contractors in the Southern States due under their respective contracts for 1859,. 1860 and 1861 out of the appropriation made by congress March 3d, 1877. Referred. Banning offered a substitute for the reso lution directing the Military Committee to Inquire into the strength of the army on the 1st of June, 1st of September and 1st of November, 1877, and into the expediency of reducing and consolidating the army, and giving the committee power to send foi per sons and papers. The Speaker ruled out the substitute and Mills' resolution was adopted. Singleton reported the deficiency bill,, which he will call up to-morrow. The bill appropriates the following items : For pay ment of the judgments of the Court of Claims, $78,250 ; Library of Congress, $22, 800 ; Treasury Department, various items, $125,000; Post Office Department, salaries, $681,681; other items, $12,500; Executive Office contingencies, $3,100 ; House of Rep resentatives, various items, $11,365 ; Supreme Court printing, $15,000 ; expenses of the payment of bounty money,, etc., $10,900 ; total amount appropriated, $1,560,623. The post office item is a reappropriation. Consideration of the bill relating to re sumption being resumed, the House was addressed by Hart, who opposed its passage. War Notes. London, November 15.—A special from. Poredin says that the Russians yesterday summoned Osman Pasha to surrender, but he: refused to do so. A Vienna correspondent estimates the Rus sian force before Erzeroum at 25*J300 men,, which is insufficient to invest the place. Mukhtar Pasha is now confident of bis ability to bold the fort until reinfor r ments arrive. Batoum also seems as safe as ' r . A dispatch from Bogota say. • .n. Skobe off on capturing the position c ireen Hill,, near Brestovae, immediately threw up a re doubt, which gave rise to the belief at head quarters that one of the Turkish redoubts had been captured. Mehemet Ali is moving with his forces at Sophia to a position at Chaikovitz, ten miles west of Sophia, where the road from Lorn» Palanka intersects with the road to Nisck Here be will be able to watch Servia and if needed co-operate with the force at Orchanieir. Raousa, November 15.—The Montenegrins have taken Fort Pontas. They bombarded Antware all yesterday. They have captured all the Turkish provisions and depots. St. Petersburg, November 15.-A special dispatch from Grand Duke Michael's head quarters, Verankalch Akbaba Hill, seven miles south of Kars, says : Generals Hei mann and Tergukassoff's corps are on the Soghanti mountains. The Russian adminis tration is being introduced into the Yillayet of Erzeroum, and Gen. Schelkoonikopp has seen appointed Military Governor. There is general enthusiasm. The Russian cavalry have appeared on the North of Erzeroum. Erzeroum, November 15.— The Russians recaptured Fort Azizie on Wednesday, but were immediately expelled. The iuhahitauts of Erzeroum have partici pated in the recent fighting. Their loss has been considerable. The council of war under the presidency of the Sultan decided to largely reinforce Me hemet Ali. The rumors of peace negotiations are de nied.