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RBPORTRD SPECIALLY FOB THE HERALD BY WK 8 TKRN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. MAINE LEGISLATURE. Orgsnizstion of the Honae publicans. by the Ke Augusta, January 12 —At 5:40 this even ing the Republican members of the Senate and House of Representatives proceeded to the State house for the purpose of organizing the Legislature. The movement was entirely unknown to the fusionists, «.nd but few out side of the immediate members were aware of the position of affairs. r lhe news that the Republicans had taken possession of the State house spread rapidly and caused great rej /icing among the Republicans who have been impatient to have this result brought about. Mr. Lameon, President of the Sen ate, when he saw* the people assembling pro ceeded to General Chamberlain's headquar ters and excitedly said: 'T protest against these men coming in !" The General inform ed Limson that he should permit the men to stay as long as they pleased. There was no forcible resistance whatever. The halls were lighted, the minor officers of the previous Legislatures, familiar with the premises, tak ing hold and lending their assistance. In the Senate Hon. Jeremiah Dingley, jr., called the meeting to order, and Austin Harris was called to the chair. Prayer was offered be Rev. Dr. Butler, member of the House. Chas. W. Turner, assistant secretary of the last Senate, called the roll and eighteen Senators responded to the call. A quorum was an nounced present, all being Republicans, who proceeded to qualify, the oath being adminis tered by Hon.W. M. Stratton. A. R. 8. Smith was declared Senator from Lincoln county on the face of the returns. Joseph A. Locke was chosen President, receiving all tbe votes cas t_nine!eeu. Chas. W. Tilden was chosen Secretary aud Geo. E. Brackett, of Belfast, Assistant Secretary. Augusta, January 12.—Tbe members of the House were called to order by Hale. Wentworth, of Kitlery, was made temporary chairman aud Smith, clerk, called the roll of members elect. All the Republicans respond ed, but the fusionists did not. Eighty-five members of tbe House responded to roll call and were qualified by Wm. Stratton, clerk of tbe court of Kennebec county. Subsequent ly six members who were not—by the face of the returns, on account of defects which were amended under the law of 1877—were admitted by a resolution submitted by Strout. George E. Weeks, of Augusta, was elected Speaker. After organization, Hale offered a similar resolution to that passed by the Sen ate calling for the appointment of a commit tee to request the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court as to the legality of the organ ization of the House. In making the resolve Hale spoke of the extraordinary circum stances under which they had met, and said the object of organization was to settle the vital questions affecting the organization of the Legislature of the State government. The House will obey the decision of the court. GALLANT BLAINE. The Calumny Defaming: Him Filly Char acterized. Boston, January 12.—Senator Blaine in reply to the insinuations that he is implicated in the alleged bribery cases in Maine, tele graphs as follows: "Whatever the former phrase of the accusation, I pronounce it an unqualified calumny aud merely a part of the monstrous, wicked and unparalelled conspir acy to deprive free people of their suffrage by fraud, forgery and perjury. I am busy night and day in the task of thwarting the conspiracy, aud it is merely part of their das tardly and despicable course to invent some form of slander against me. I have not seen the charge, but 1 know it is a lie made out of whole cloth, aud I can not now be diverted from the real work in hand to do more than denounce the calumny and its authors." A Card. Augusta, January 13.—Wallace R. White, whose card of denial of bribery has been published, has been summoned before the bribery committee, but refused to appear. The following is his card : To Henry Ingalls, Chairman Investigating Committee :—1 have received your summons to appear before your committee charged with the investigation of the alleged bribery of T. B. Swan and Moses Harriman. I de cline to appear for the reason that you are in competent to send for persons and papers and not competent to administer a legal oath. The witnesses before you could swear to any thing without incurring the hazard of pros ecution for perjury. If Swan and Harriman had secured a bribe they would naturally swear falsely about it, and if they merely put up the job they would still be more likely to swear falsely. When I meet them I want it to be before a tribunal that has the power to enforce its decrees and to administer punish ment. Your House of Representatives is il legally organized or not organized at all, and if you have any doubt on that point I shall be glad to have you arrest me for contempt and then have the authority of your process tested by a writ of habeas corpus before the Supreme Judicial Court. If lam not sus tained by that tribunal I shall cheerfully ap pear before your committee. Signed, WALLACE WHITE. Jndlclnry Appropriation. Washington, January 13.— The House Committee on appropriations has agreed to report tbe bill appropriating $600,000, as sug gested by the Attorney General In his ann n^] report BY to to GEN. L'H AMBEKLA1N. Important Order From the Actinic Gov ernor and f^ommauder-ln-Cblef. Augusta, January 12. —General Chamber lain has issued the following order : Headq'rs 1st Div. Maine Militia,) Augusta, January 12. > [General Order No. 3 ] 1st. Tbe attention of all military organiza tions now in the service of the State, and all men liable to military duty in this State, is directed to tbe following orders : State of Maine, Adj. Gen.'s Office, ) Augusta, July 5. ) [General Orders No. 12.1 1st. The several counties of this State are constituted into the First Division, Militia of Maine. 2J. Major General Chamberlain is assigned to the command of the first division. 3d. The commanding officers of all mili tary organizations accepted into the service of the State are required to report to him. He will be obeyed aud respected accordingly. By order of the Governor and Commander in-Chief. (Signed.) S. D. LEAVITT, Adj. Gen. State of Maine, Adj. Gen.'s Office,) Augusta, January 5. > [Special Order No. 45.] Major General Joshua L. Chamberlain is hereby authorized and directed to protect the property and institutions of the State until my successor is dulv qualified. (Signed.) ALONZO GARCELON, Gov. 2d. I am now discharging *he duties thus devolved on me in protecting public property and the institutions of the State until a Gover nor is legally elected and duly qualified. 3d. Particular attention is called to the law rendering it unlawful for any body of men other than regularly organized corps of mili tia without authority especially given to as sociate themselves together as a military company organization or to parade in public with arms. 4th. All persons and organizations will take notice accordingly, and all authorized mili tary organizations will understand that they are to report to me for orders until they are otherwise ordered by or through me. ^Signed.) JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN, Maj. Gen. Lamson Announces Himself Acting: Gov ernor. Augusta, January 12.—On reassembling of the Senate this morning President Lamson sent a letter announcing that he assumed the duties of Governor. Senator Ellis of Waldo boro was chosen president pro tent. The committee on gubernatorial votes reported the whole number of votes to be 138,807 ; neces sary for a choice, 69,404. Daniel L. Davis had G8,770 ; Joseph L. Smith, 47,679 ; Alonzo Garcelon, 21,844 ; Bion Bradbury, 263 ; Dan. F. David, 200 ; remainder scattering. The constitutional candidates are Daniel F. Davis, Joseph L. Smith, Alonzo Garcelon and Bion Bradbury. On the proposition to hold a joint conven tion for the purpose of qualifying the acting Governor, Locke, of Cumberland, made a long speech, in which he reviewed the action of the Governor and Council, and took up the cases of the counted out members and the grounds upon which they were counted out. Locke claimed that the certificates issued by the Governor and Council to those not chosen were not legal, and the acts passed by such body would not be recognized by the courts or obeyed by the people. Barker and Strickland replied, claiming that to all intents and purposes this is a legal Legislature. To members holding certificates from the Governor and Council they meant as honorable gentlemen to do tbe fair thing when an investigation should take place be fore a proper committee of tbe Legislature. A joint convention was formed, and in the presence of the Secretaiy of State and several members of the Council, John D. Lamson took the oath and was proclaimed the acting Governor of the State. But sixty members were present in the house, and it adjourned without transacting any business. The following order was passed : That a committee consisting of three members of the Senate be appointed by the president to re port to the Senate for its action, whether the Senate shall call upon the Justices of the Su preme Court for their opinion touching the legal organization of the Senate for the 59th Legislature, and to report for the action of the Senate such questions as the law and facts require in the premises. Tue Moine Republicans Sustained by tbe Leading Democratic Paper. New York, January 12. —The World , which has discountenanced the movements of Garcelon in Maine from the beginning, says of the Republican coup d'etat yesterday : The Republicans have taken possession of the State House of Maine and counted in such of themselves as have ho certificates, on the face of the returns. Occupying the Leg islative chamber was in itself, so far as we can see, a perfectly legitimate maneuvre. The only wonder is that the Republicans did not see and resort to it and the fusionists fore see and guard against it before the Legisla ture met. Gen. Chamberlain Interviewed. Chicago, January 13.— The following is an interview between the Times' Augusta correspondent and Gen. Chamberlain : Do you propose to recognize the body of men now in session at the State House as the Legislature ? No ; I do not recognize this one any more than I did the other. I don't consider either of them more than members elect unorgan ized. I have not yet recognized either branch, and shall not until I know their authority. Of course, whatever the court decrees will be satisfactory to me. I do not presume to decide in these matters, but the burden Is on them to show that they are legally organized. IR PORTANT Gen. CbMnberlaIn Declines to Recognize Lamson as Governor. Augusta, January 13.—The following or ders have been promulgated : State of Maine, Executive Dept.,) Augusta, Jan. 13,1880. > Joshua L. Chamberlain, Major-General Com manding : Dear Sir— Having entered upon tbe duties of Governor of Maine under critical circum stances, it is important for me to understand whether you are prepared to recognize my autfiority as such. Respectfully, JAMES D. LAMSON, Governor. Augusta, January 13, 1880. To Hon. James D. Lamson : Sir —I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication informing me that you have entered upon the duties of Governor and desiring to know if I am pre pared to recognize your authority as such. The gravity of the situation and the appear ance of my answer to your questions demand that I should give to it the most earnest at tention. I am acting under authority devolv ed upon me by virtue of the following order. [Here he quotes Garcelon's order of appoint ment.] In the attitude which things have now taken and the responsibility resting on me, under this order, involves the liberty of the people, their mo3t sacred property, and the stability of constitutional government, their highest institution. I am thankful that you feel and understand this and realize equally with myself the importance of our proceeding with caution. Your inquiry vir tually calls upon me to decide the question of constitutional law which is a matter falling not at all within the province of my depart ment. In my military capacity I have not the privilege of submitting the question to the only tribunal competent to decide them. The Constitution declares that the Justices of the Supreme Court shall be obliged to give their opinion on important questions of law and upon solemn occasions when required by the civil branches of the government, but that privilege is not accorded to the military department. Supported by the decision of the court, I should obey without a moment's hesitation ; but solemnly believing that if at this juncture I abandon my trust there will be no barrier against anarchy and bloodshed, I cannot, under present circumstances, recog nize your authority as Governor of Maine. There are only two ways to solve the ques tions now at issue and agitating the public mind : By following strictly the Constitution and laws, or by revolution and bloodshed. In this alternative, and standing where I must be judged by God and man, I can only hold fast in my place and implore those who have the power to decide these questions by ap peal to the peaceful course of law. Believing that this answer must commend itself to your judgment as the only one pos sible for me to give, and with the highest re spect and esteem, I have the honor to be Your obedient servant, J. L. CHAMBERLAIN, Maj. Gen. The Situation in Haine. Chicago, January 13 —The Times' Augus ta special says : This move of the Republi cans is looked upon as their last card. Their men were getting sick of the game which the leaders were playing, and it became ap parent that they could not he held in line much longer. Therefore it was absolutely necessary for them to do something, but it is believed they have done the very worst thing they possibly could have done. They have formed a Legislature without the least vestige of law to sustain them. They have no offi cial roll, no certificates of election and no Legislative returns, and to cap the climax they propose to ask the opinion of the Su preme Court as to the legality of the other and regular Legislature which was organized according to law. Can the court pay any at tention to the questions submitted by such an unlawful body ? The best lawyers here say that they would stultify themselves to do so. The fusionists held a caucus to-night and are in high spirits over the situation. Why the Republicans Organized—Ru mor«. Augusta, January 13.—The Republican organization of the Maine Legislature yester day was the result of a carefully studied and matured plan, decided upon as the most prac ticable and feasible way of getting an opin ion from the courts upon the subjects em bodied in the orders passed in the Republican House and Senate. It is hoped the Supreme Judicial Court will meet to-morrow, in which event an answer is looked for by Friday or Saturday next. The city is crowded with politicians from all parts of the State and elsewhere. The fusionists are not despondent. Rumors of various kinds are in circulation, among which is the report that Acting Gov ernor Lamson will to-day endeavor to have Gen. Chamberlain arrested by the militia forces for his action in disregarding the pro test of the former previous to the assembling of the Republican Legislature last evening. Both Sides Resting. Augusta, January 13. — The reported scheme of electing the Slate officers and Governor has apparently been abandoned, both parties seeming willing to await the de cision of the Supreme Court before proceed ing any farther. Lamson, who claims to be Acting Governor, has as yet performed no official act that at all Interferes with the pre. rogatives of Gen. Chamberlain. The House took a recess until 2 o'clock p. m. at be of At is ing the a ou ing to cut the of is and the the nal the talk ent the of you men here bills to road SE Y EKE KNOW SIOK.W. Kbeds on the Central Pacific 1'rnshed and Trains Delayed. San Francisco, January 10.—For forty eight hours ending this morniDg a snow storm has raged in the Sierra Nevadas. Along the line of the Central Pacific Railroad the snow fell to a depth of eight or ten feet, and the wind drifted the cuts full. Three snow slides occurred betweon Emigrant Gap and Cisco, crushing sheds and blockading the track. In some places the snow is twenty five feet deep on top of the wrecked sheds. Five hundred feet of shedding west of Tam arack Station is destroyed. The overland passenger train for the East and the Virginia fast train, which left this city yesterday, are at Gold Run. The passenger train from the East due here at noon to-day is on a side track at Truckee, waiting for the blockade to be raised. A large force of men and snow plows are at work removing the snow from the wrecked sheds. Telegrams received at noon to-day report that the storm is subsid ing, and it is believed that the snow wiil be cleared to-night if no further slides occur. Mnon Storm» in the East. New York, January 13. —The snow fall, which surprised the people this morning, be gan in this city soon after midnight and con tinued till early noon to-day. About eight inches of snow fell, but a brisk westerly wind drifted it about, and iu many places in the streets it was fully a foot in depth. East of the Alleghanies the storm was not as se vere as west of them, the heaviest snow fall being in Maine, where about a foot fell. At other points it was from six to eight inches. At the South hut little snow fell, but a heavy fall of rain and sleet is reported. The storm is now passing off the coast at Cape Hatteras followed by rapidly clearing and colder weather. —mm Kansas Tragedy. Fort Scott, January 12.—A special to the Monitor says: Last night, at Weir City, Chas. L. Wallace, a young lawyer, was way laid, shot and mortally wounded while pass ing along the street. Wallace refuses to give any account of the shooting or any informa tion regarding its causes. It is stated, how ever, that there is a lady in the case, and that the assassination last night was the result of a conflict for her hand. Suicide in Jnil. Doylestown, Pa., January 12. —Joseph Halfner, of Andalusia, was committed to jail ou Sunday evening on the charge of murder ing Jacob Gerber. His wife and child called to see him this morning, but when the cell door was opened he was found dead, having cut histhroat from ear to ear. Death of Frank Leslie. New York, January 10.—Frank Leslie, the publisher, died this afternoon at his resi dence on Fifth avenue from a fibrous tumor of the throat. He had been suffering for some time past. New York, January 13.—The funeral of Frank Leslie, the well known publisher, took place this morning from Rev.]Dr. Chapin's church. Nearly all the persons employed in Leslie's establishment were present. The pall-bearers were Governor Rice, of Massa chusetts, Sinclair Toucey, John McKeon, General Graham, E. S. Kimball, Isaac W. England, Wbitelaw Reid, Justice Fitch, Sen ator Anthony and Henry F. Gillig. Petition in Favor of John Horton. San Francisco, January 13.—A petition is being circulated here and receiving signa tures from prominent bankers, merchants and business men, asking the California Sen ators to withdraw opposition, and requesting the finance committee to report favorably to the confirmation of John M. MortoD, Inter nal Revenue Collector. The petition recites that there is no pronounced opposition to his nomination among the business classes, and further recommends the confirmation as an acknowledgement of services of the late Senator Morton. Confirmation. Washigton, January 13.—The Senate con- firmed G. W. French Chief Justice of Ari- zona Territory. -if —I - Relief or Gen. Fitz>John Porter. Washington, January 13. —The Senate Military Committee failed to obtain a quorum to-day owing to several members being en gaged with other committees, but the chair man was authorized to appoint a sub-com mittee to consider the bill for the relief of Gen. Fitz-John Porter and report upon it to the full committee. ■ — i^i I Ouray's Answer to Schurz Washington, January 13. —Ouray had a talk with Secretary Schurz to-day, during which he expressed a desire to have his pres ent troubles healed as soon as possible. When Schurz laid down as a condition of peace the necessity on Ouray's part of delivering up the murderers of Meeker, the shrewd chief replied : "That is a very funny thing to ask of me. How can I give them up ? Why do you hold my tribe responsible for what those men did ? We are Uncompabgres ; they are White River Utes and not under my imme diate control. If murder were committed here in Washington would your authorities make the whole population suffer for it? Forfeiture of Laud Grant. Washington, January 18.— Among the bills introduced in the Senate is one by Slater to declare the forfeiture of certain lands granted to aid in the construction of a rail road from Portland to Astoria. the and and the are the side to at be fall, be con in se fall At the that of jail cell resi for of in The W. to his an late en of to a the up do are questions to be N:ibnilti«><] to the Maine Supreme tourf. Augusta, January 13.— At a quarter to two the committee of the House to report ques tions to submit to the Supreme Court submit ted a series which it was voted to submit to the court. Tbe questions are long. Both branches adjourned at 2:30 until Saturday, January 17, at 2 p. m. Forty enthusiastic Republicans came to the city last night by a Pullman train. Hale, in his remarks relative to the order to submit questions to the Supreme Court, said the Representatives assembled here did not desire a control that the law did not give them, nor to ride rongh shod over any one, as they might have done days ago, hut for the main purpose and great purpose indicated in the order, and when the court decides the question tbe people of Maine will take that decision as a final exposition of the law upon the question of organization, aud it will be expected that everybody in the hull will ac- cept it as laid down by the courts. --- ■» .4 44 »» » 1 ---- Garcelon's Counted in Officers Continue to Resign. Portland, January 13.—Register of Pro bate, Caleb A. Chaplin, counted-in, and who took his seat January 1st, resigned to-day. This resignation leaves only one counted-in county officer who holds his seat. Fusionist Bribery Investigation. Augusta, January 13.—The bribery com mittee held a session this afternoon. J. C. White made a statement of the offers made him in the nature of a bribe by W. R. White, his cousin. Wentworth, of South Berwick, testified that oue Ricker tried to induce him to remain at home, offering him |200 if he would remain at home the first two days of the session. He afterwards offered him $500 down and »$10 a day for forty days. Ricker is a Democrat. Cushman testified that his son, who thought it was a disgrace for him to take his seat, tried to induce him to remain at home. Letter of Charles O'Conor. New York, January 13. —The World prints a two-column letter from Charles O'Conor to the Democratic Club of Essex county, New Jersey, in which he speaks dis paragingly of the Republicans and condemns both factions of the New York Democracy, styling Kelly a local factionist and despising Tilden for his former servility to Southern domination. He says he suddenly wheeled around in 1847-8 because of a merely per sonal disappointment. O'Conor puts his hope for liberty and prosperity in a collapse of our institutions so complete as to give scope for the reconstruction of the Repub lic on certain new lines which he lays down. Contested Election Cases. Washington, January 13.—The House Committee on elections took up to-day the case of McCabe vs. Qrth, of the 9th Indiana district. On the pending motion to dismiss the appeal of the contestant the motion was denied. Representative Peyster then moved to grant the petition of the contestant and permit him to go on and take testimony. Representative Kiefer offered as a substitute that a committee of five members be appoint ed by the Speaker of the House to investi gate any and all questions of bribery, corrup tion, fraud, or illegal voting alleged to have been committed by any person or persons in the election of the member of Congress from the 9th Congressional district of Indiana, the said committee to have power to send for persons and papers. After some discussion and without action the committee adjourned till Tuesday next. ** -44Z»- ►► mm—m - Vlio are the Signers? Chicago, January 13.—A Washington special says : A petition for the withdrawal of the legal tender power of U. S. Treasury notes was presented iu the Senate to-day by Kernan, and is signed by over 1,500 individu- als and firms of New York City and State, repres'enting all classes and parties. -- — I I ■ >•»» Kellogg Investigation. Washington, January 13.—Five witnesses testified to-day for Senator Kellogg in fur ther rebuttal of the testimony taken before the sub-committee at New Orleans. Irish Sympathizers. Baltimore, January 13.—Parnell and Dil lon were invited here at a meeting last even ing, and resolutions of sympathy with Ire land were adopted. Boston Reception. Boston, January .13.—Parnell and Dillon received to-day the delegations of various associations and listened to the reading of addresses. Award for Injuries. Auburn, N. Y., January 13. —Daniel She han, a fireman employed by the New York Central Railroad Company, was to-day award ed $8,500 in the Supreme Court for injuries to his spine received in a collision in August, 1878. mm «4 i nsi I - Homicide. New Orleans, January 13.— A special from Assumption reporta the killing of W. Parker, jr., (colored) by. Allan Hite, Justice of the Peace. Hite escaped. Observing the Eellpse. San Francisco, Janfiary 13.—The Bulletin's Soledad special says : The U. 8. coast survey party, under Professor Davidson, and the U. Sw Naval observatory party, under Professor Friable, observed the recent eclipse with per fect success from tbe&anta Lucia Mountain, 6,000 feet above the sea. The first contact was within 1} seconds of "the computed time.