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NEWS SUMMARY. of . lie husbands of J Dr., woodbwm.,' one "Victoria C. "Woodhull, died in New York on 8unday night, from the effects of morphine and whisky A break has occurred in the Delaware and Hudson canal 2J miles above Lock No. 81, on the Neversink. The break is 50 feet lone and 16 feet below the canal level. It is estimated that it will take at least ten days to repair the damages. A tbbriwh railroad: disaster occurred on "Wednesday morning on the New Jersey Midland railroad. The train leaving Pat erson for Hackensack, at 8 a. m., was passing over the saddle river bridge, two ana a half miles above Hackensack, when the structure suddenly gave way, hurling the train into the water below. John P.. Doremus, brake man, was instantly killed, the baggage master, name unknown, had one of h-s legs broken, and a passenger was injured in a Eimilar manner. David Blauvelt, conductor, was badly bruised about the head, and is in a precarious condition. Isaac Wortendy, Prebate Judge -of Bergen county, was ter ribly injured. Twenty-five or thirty pas sengers were taken from the wreck in a more or less injured condition. Had the water in the river been at the usual depth, none of the passengers could have escaped. Mullen, Parker 4 Co.'s paper mill at Carlisle, Pa., was destroyed by fire on "Wednesday morning. The fire was acci dental. Loss $45,000 ; insured for $30,000 Thm TlTiinn Hotel, of Saratoga, was sold at miction on Tuesdav. to an aeent of A. T Stewart, for $535.000 Two colonies from Pennsylvania, numbering 300 families, left AUentown on Wednesday ior nomes in mus sel county, Kansas A fire at Oil City, Pa., nn WnHnpsHav morniner destroved the Gait House, the Benn House, Fisher's large tank, the Model Refining Company's tan, ana a larse school house, the loss is about $25,000. Th fire engines were burned, but others were sent from Titusville and Franklin The whole city was in danger at one time, and a high wind was prevailing. Thb tug-boat Davenport was blown to atoms Thursday morning by a boiler explo- ainn at Jeraev Citv. instantly killine six of her crew. Scarcely a fragment of the tug was to be seen after the explosion, both the boat and -victims being literally obliterated. A. blind man, named Richard Cain,af- ter making his way alone through a New York store for many years, fell through a hatchway on "Wednesday afternoon, and was instantly killed A locomotive attached to a freight train on the Boston and Albany railroad exploded on Wednesday at Grant ville, Mass. J. W. Stoughton, fireman, was scalded and has since died. Michael Man noy, a brakeman, will probably die from scalding The wool and packing establish ment of Hitchcock & Freese, Jersey City, as damaged by fire on Thursday morning to the extent of $30,000. Ohlt one cf the killed by the explosion of the tug Davenport, at New York on Thurs day, John Caulfield, has been recovered. Efforts are being made for tne recovery of the remaining nve. Tne .uavenport was known to be an utterly worthless craft. Tae explosion is attributed to a lack of water in the boiler, owing to the neglicence of the engineer and fireman, who wre witnessing a dog-fight on one of the barges A com mittee of the Georgia Legislature has com menced an investigation at New York into the financial acts of ex-Governor Buljock. A Halifax (N. &) dispatch of the 12th says: "A rainstorm . is producing heavy freshets, which have done great damage to roads, bridges, and lumber throughout Nova Scotia. The Western railway track, near Windsor, is eight feet under water." A fire at Ayer, Mass., on Saturday night, destroyed the entire business portion of the tewn, and also a number of residences. Less estimatel at . $200,004 ; insured for about $J,000! ..The first Charleston straw berries sold in New York on Saturday at $2.50(5,3 per quart A fire at Pottsville, Pa., on Saturday, destroyed ten' tenement buildings. Loss, $15,000 Lieutenant A. Mahoney, of the Fourteenth Infantry, dropped dead, on Friday evening at the American House, Boston The Metropol itan Paper Collar Factory, New York, was V.urned on Saturday night. Loss, $175,000. Five hundred girls are thrown out of em ployment. Bexjamis Tillisger, a young German, was crushed into. an. unrecognizable mass on Monday between two cars on the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railroad..... .The" Grand Jury of Philadelphia has indicted Charles A. Dana for the libel of ex-State Treasurer Kemble, in an article in the New York Sun, relative to the .hvans fraud. Thb school building and boarding house of "Millis, at South "Williamstown, Mass.;-was burned on Sunday afternoon. Loss $15,000 ; insurance $12,000 Leonard F. Fowler, a well-known Western counter feiter, was arrested in New York on Tues day while engaged in negotiating a' quantity of $10 'and. $20 bills on the Poughkeepsie National bank. - He -wes held in $10,000 bail. Tho "West. Cs the ssorning of April 6, a "terrible tor nado visited the vicinity of Newton, Jaspar county, 111., unroofing barns, demolishing houses and forests, and destroying life. The house of one Ezra Mehaney was demolished, and Mrs. Mehaney killed. This was eight miles soutwest of Newton. One mile far ther it struck the house of James Reed, de molished it, killing Mr. Pope, Miss Little, and Mr. Pope's father-in-law, and wounding seven others. Two miles further on its dev astation ceased. D. "Wooster, surgeon of the United States Marine Hospital at Ban Francisco, is sued for $30,000 by a patient for alleged malprac tice Letters from Lone Pine, Cal., say that the whole of Owens Valley has sunk fourteen feet. Over seven thousand shocks have occurred to date, and still continue, but not of sufficient force to do damage. tHE tteamer Oceanus,. from Red River taf St. Louis, when near Brook's "Point, thirty miles above Cairo, at 4 o'clock on Thursday morning" exploded' her boiler, blowing ' her upper-works almost entirely away, immedi ately after which the wreck took fire, burn ing to the water's edge. There were about forty cabin and thirty-five deck passengers, which vma the crew maae a total ot nearly onehundred souls, about sixty -of whom are supposed to be lost A fire at Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday destroyed five build-ingsrelonging-to N. B. Wager,, and George Goi 5 The Iconlenta - were mostly saved. Loss $10,000. ."A piece of stone cornice" on the. State National Bank building, in St. Louis,' feil ob , Thursday and struck J. S. "Warner1, an old and respected oitixea, on the head, killing him instantly The earth quake shocks in Inyo county, Cal., continue, with tonal reports, as of cannon, proceeding from the summit ot Mount Breckinridge. Sfrijjd. -the first Bhock, which .was felt from Oregon ta.Ceutral America, the disturbance has been purely local, and not felt west of the, pipyaNeadas, or out of Inyocounty. MkJ Joh Bbcpf) aW old and wealthy cihV sen of Morgan county, 111., fell dead in his house on Thursday morning while convers ing with some friends. Supposed cause of death is apoplexy Mr. John Paradise, one of the proprietors of the Sentinel, Jack sonville, I1L, had an arm badly broken on Friday by Being caught in the machinery of a job printing press Professor Faber, with his wonderful "Talking Machine," has arrived in Chicago John C. Lang, while assisting in the erection of the tewer of the new Sangerfest building in St. Louis on Friday afternoon, fell a distance of 64 feet and was killed. John F. Carr was also severely injured.... On Thursday afternoon .Isaac Prica and .Milton H. Seward ; were drowned tovr mnes oeiow ot. jusujiu, niu., bv the unsettine of their boat while crossing the Missouri river..... .There were two terrific snow-slides at Little Cot tonwood Mine, Utah, on Friday. Eight men were carried away in the avalanche. One was lost, and the others were rescued after almost incredible exertions. There is great fear of further slides. Geokgc D. Ormir, Revenue Collector of the Fifth District of Missouri, is accused ot defalcation, and a suit has been commenced against him and his securities for $10U,uuu j The Kadlora iiouse ana eievamr n Warreneburc. Mo., was burned on Saturday. The elevator contained fifty thousand bush els of grain. Loss, $100,000 John Lay, a brakeman, on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, was crushed to death at Laclede on Saturday between two construction trains Dr. Wm. Hewer, an English miser, aged b-i years, long a noted character of San Fran cisco, was lately found dead in his room on a pile of rags. Evidence of his owning twelve thousand pounds in the English funds was found in the room. Whilb chopping wood near Napoleon, O., on Monday, Thomas Palmer was struck by tree and instantly killed. He was a single man about 21 years old A man by tbe name of Marcus Combs, at Exeter, 111., on Sunday stabbed Nicholas Heigh, a saloon-keeper, inflicting a ghastly but not fstal wound. Combs thinking he had killed Nicholas, and fearing the retaliation of the law, repaired to . his room and suicided by taking morphine On Sunday, at Red Bluff, Cal., one Pearce shot through the window of a house of ill-fame, and killed Nellie Brooks, and wounded the man with her, named Perkins, who iu turn shotPearcer dead and was arrested In Chicago oa Monday morning J. F. Johnson, a workman in Richards' planing mill, was instantly killed by being caught by a belt and drawn around a rapidly revolving shaft. Both arms were torn from the body and he was otherwise horribly mutilated. The Farwell block, Chicago, occupied by J. V. Farwell k Co. and Henry W. King & Co., wholesale dry good3, was damaged by crht to the extent of $10,000. Loss to stocks by fire and water nmhahlv Sin nnn At Cleveland. Ohio, on Tiipsdav evenintr. the livery stable of Wall Sc Co., the flour and feed store of Low fc Gale and two barns, were destroyod by fire. Seven horses, two mules, and five buggies were Durnea. ijosb siu.uuu. uxv iuomuc. The trial of Chas. Wallor, for the mur der of Henrv Taylor, both colored men, in Cairo, 111., last October, resulted in the con viction and sentence of Wallor to ninety nine vears in the Penitentiary Jeremiah Coller, an old man who was convicted at St. Louis two weeks ago for killing his wife last November, is to be hanged A glycerine still in the establishment of Schneider k Co., Chicago, exploded on Monday night, killing Henry Hanfield, who was in charge The South. "William Mardis, a farmer, aged 70, near Saloma, Taylor county, Ky., was killed by lightning on Monday. The bolt came through the roof and passed down his body from hend to foot..... .At Frankfort, Ky., on Monday, durine .he storm, lightning struck the house of a man named Martin, killing hia child, and seriously iniurine his wilo. Much damage was done in that vicinity by the great rise in the streams, washing away saw mills and bridges. ATWilmingto.,, N. C, Calvin Oxendine the last of the Lowery gang in custody, was acquitted on Friday of the murder of Sheriff -rr-z. , -I : J. J. 1. .. . : . . : mony was believed to he perjurec. J. D. Lickerd, proprietor of the largesaw- mill on the river above Columbus, Ky., was drowned on Monday morning by the over turning of a canoe in the breakwater near the mill A desperate attempt was made by a mob of twenty-seven disguised men on Thursday morning, to capture the jail at Clinton. Hickman county, Ky. The jailor resisted, and the citizens gathering drove the mob off. A murderer, named Cunning' ham, is confined there, and two men ch&rged with rape. The mob asserted that they wanted to lvnch the latter, but the citizen believe they were confederates of Cunning' ham seeking to release him. The International Typographical Union meets on the 3d of June, in the hall of the House of Delegates, in Richmond, Va. Th Exchange Hotel is selected as the head Quarters of the delegates, and arrangements are being made for the proper reception of the members of theUnion. "TT- ' VVaahii! gto n. The Secretary of the Treasury transmitted a bill to the House on "Wednesday with rec ommendations that it pass, providing for the appropriation of $61,164 to reimburse Treas urer Spinner for losses incurred by embezile- ment, etc. ... .. ; The President has signed the act granting right of way through the public lands for the construction of ' a railroad from Great Salt Lake to Portland, Oregon. .....Th House Judiciary Committee is engaged upon a bill providing lor the election ot postmas ters The first of the new Civil Service rules, whica are now being prepared by the Commissioners, will provide that, hereafter fidelity to the Union shall be a prerequisite to any appointment to omce. Maj. J. W. Powell was before the House Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, asking for an additional appropriation to continue the exploration of the Colorado river. The committee after hearing a state ment relative to the value of these re searches, agreed to allow $20,000 for this summer's work Senators Chandler and Terry appeared before Secretary Boutwell on Tuesday thoroughly demoralized over the report that the Chicago Relief bill ad mitted manufactured lumber, such as doors, blinds, etc , free of duty, and only excluded raw lumber. The Secretary informed them that the question was without precedent, but such was his opinion, that articles which entered into buildings and were not known as raw lumber could be admitted free. Still, as the question was a new and important one, he was willing to hear argu ment before finally deciding. So there is to be an argument... ...Secretary Fisii has in structed our Consul at Bucharest to remon strate against the outrages committed on Israelites in Ronmania On Saturday last, the District Court rendered a verdict of $10,000 against the " Ohio and Baltimore Railroad Company, and in favor of Junes Starkweather, of Romeo, Mich. This suit was for damages for negligence on the part of the employes of the road, whereby the wife of, Mr. Starkweather was killed, ' Soy. 18, 1868. U l - r .f J j J. f Foreign. A Lokbok letter says that the object, of the visit of the Queen of Germany, though os tensibly to see her half-sister, the Princess Hohenhohe Langeberg, is really to hush np a' scandal which threatens the royal family. The story is that Prince Teck, son of Prince Alexander, of Wurtemburg.Jiaa been ac companied in his late travels by a well- known London actress, and that the Princess Teck, the Princess Mary of Cambridge, who j won Ksw I n 1 anI wVia !fl tViiii trao va rKa naa uJi ia au -' uu n uw id iv ut j vui a uv senior of her husband, was so enraged thereby that she was about to apply for a divorce, to prevent which her Majesty went to Baden The Pope has refused to receive a sum of money offered him by the Italian Government. In declining the gift, he de clared that when it became necessary for him to accept alms as a means of subsist ence, he would only receive them from the Catholic world Mount Vesuvius is again in a state of violent eruption. A column of flame shoots several hundred feet above the crater, and stones, ashes and cinders fall in dense showers around the summit. TouriBts are hastening to Naples to witness the spec tacle Additional particulars of the re cent dreadful earthquakes at Antioch repre sent that the River Orontos rose and swept over the lower portion of the city. The two bridges across the river were carried away, and great portions of the city walls were thrown down. Assistance is rapidly being sent from the adjacent cities to the scene of the disaster. The Anchor line steamship Dacian, with a cargo valued at over half a million of dol lars, from London for Halifax and St. John, went ashore on Tuesday morning on flint rocks, Clam Harbor, about forty-five miles from Halifax. The crew, passengers and art of the cargo were saved. The vessel is total loss A Paris dispath to the .London Times says that Thiers has abolished the passport system. Henceforth travelers will be registered at the tronuers. no lax win bo levied therefor, nor will they be subjected to the scrutiny of the civil officers while in the country The claimant of the Tich- borne estates appeared in the court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the in dictment against him. A writ of certiorari was issued removing the case to the Court of the Queen's bench, where the prisoner will be tried in June. Meanwhile, he is re-com mitted to Newgate Forty-seven thousand women of Alsace and Lorraine have ad dressed a petition to Bismarck, in which thy ask that their fathers and sons may be exempt from service in the German army lor a few years. Arthur O'Connor, the assailant of Queen "Victoria, has been sentenced to a year's im prisonment at hard labor and twenty lashes The French Trans-Atlantic Tele graph Company has! concluded a contract with the Telegraph Maintenance ana con struction Company, for the laying of the fourth line of telegraphic cable Detween Europe and America In the House of Commons on Wednesday John Bright took his seat for the firBt time since his protract ed illness The bark Andaman, of Bath, Me., foundered at eea on the 13th nit., and seven of the crw were lost A revolution has broken out in St. Marie, Hayti. The troops were massacreing the insurgents by wholesale. The London Times of the 13th, in an ar ticle on the Alabama claims controversy, savs that the British Government will de- iver its counter case at Geneva on the 15th of this month, but will not regard this act as prejudicial to its position of opposition to the American clfiini lor indirect aamag-es. It the United States shall not, before the tribunal is ready with its award, have abandoned the claim for consequential dam ages, then ureal Britain win witnuraw her ratification ot the Treaty ot Washing ton. Miss Nellie Grant, daughter of President Grant, arrived at Liverpool on Saturday, and was received by Mr. Dudley, American con sul. Miss Grant proceeds to London A fire on Saturday night at Appen Station, on the Great Western Railroad, 25 miles west of London, C. W., destroyed all the station buildings and contents, with considerable wood and other outside property. Loss, sev eral thousand dollars. The Board of Arbitration at Geneva, on Monday, under the Treaty of "Washington assembled and held a brief session. The counter cases of the British and American Governments were presented and the board adjourned A Dublin letter to the .Loudon Times si ys that the emissaries ol the inter nationals who made a descent on the Irish coast at Dublin and Cork, with the view of establishing branches in that island, met with a more discouraging reception in the former city than in the latter, ihough a small branch had been actually formed in Dublin some little time ago, it was afterward impossible to convene it, and even when an attempt at an assemblage was made, those who were in attendance avowed their pur pose of repudiating th'ir hellish association. The caller of the meeting did not put in an appearance The French squadron is pre paring tn bombard Tomatar, on the east cast of Madagascar, on account of the ill treatment of the French residents by the natives. A shoemaker named Nichols, who resided with his family on Maiden Hill, a suburb of London, on Monday night murdered all his children, four in number, and then committed suicide. It is not known what prompted the man to commit this terrible act, though it is believed he was insane , Thiers has written to KingAmadeus declar ing that no power, not excepting Italy, is more interested than France in the con solidation of the dynastic institutions of Spain. Proceedings in Congress. In the Senate on Tuesday, April 9, Mr. Cragin presented a remonstrance of citizens of New Hampshire against the re newal of the patent for the Wilson Bewing machine Mr. "Windom offered a reso lution directing the Secretary of "War to communicate to the Senate such informa tion as the department may possess respect ing the eanal and dyke at Duluth, Minn., and their effect on the harbor of Superior City. 'Adopted The following bills, re ported from the Military Committee, were passed : To provide that minors shall not be enlisted in the military service without the written consent of parents or guardians; to provide Superintendents for National Cemeteries ; declaring lands of the Fort Collins military reservation, in Colorado, subject to pre-emption and homestead entry; authorizing the Secretary of War to pay certificates issued for fortification purposes at Lawrence, Kan. ; to reduce the 1'mits of the military reservation at Fort Stanton, New Mexico ; to extend tbe time for filing claims for additional bounty until January 30, 1873, and providing that all claims filed after the 13th of January, 1871, shall be deemed to have been filed in time; to pro vide for the payment of women nurses during the war ; directing the Secretary of War to audit and pay the claims of certain citizens of Glasgow, Mo., for losses by the burning of the government stores in Glas gow, in 1864, to prevent them- from falling ing into tbe hands of the enemy; provid ing that soldiers who enlisted prior to July 22, 1861, and were mustered imo any regi ment, company, or battery, which was ac cepted by the War Department, shall be paid the full bounty of $100 ; te prevent de sertion and elevate the condition of the army; establishing a system of deposits, which provides that Paymasters receiving deposits shall give bonds and account for the same as of public money; to pay certain Nevada and California volunteers The bill from the House directing the payment of $190,000 to the officers and sailors of the Kearsarge was passed...... After a short exe cutive session the Senate adjourned. In the House on the same day, Mr. Hill, from the Post Office Committee, reported the bill for the use of correspondence or postal cards to be used in United States mails. The bill authorizes and directs the Postmaster General to lurnish to the public, at a cost of one cent each, including postage, open correspondence or postal cards of good jtiff paper wiih postal stamps thereon, the cards not to exceed 3 by 6J inches, the face to be used exclusively for address and the reverse side for communication. All cards containing vulgar or obscene or scurrilous matter to be excluded from the mails, and the sender thereof to be punished by fine and imprisonment. Mr. Randall moved an additional section, which was carried, re quiring the Postmaster General to advertise for proposals for furni-hing the cards and to give tbe contract to the lowest bidder. Mr. Potter moved an amendment requiring the card to be furnished with a flap or cover, and spoke in support of his motion, which was finally adopted, and the bill as amended was passed Mr. Perry, ot Ohio, from the Select Committee on Elections, made a report on the Indiana contested election case, with a resolution that J. M. "Wilson, the sitting member, is entitled to the seat. Ordered printed The Coinage bill was discussed until adjournment. In the Senate on Wednesday, April 10, Mr. Sumner presented the resolutions of the Massachusetts Legislature in regard to the French spoliation claims, which were ordered printed Mr. Howe, from Com mittee en Public Lands, reported a bill for the relief of homestead settlers in Minne sota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who suffered bv the fire last autumn, rassed. The bill provides that tbe settlers who were affected by the hres shall have one year'B time in which to rebuild, and that this time Bhall be deducted from the five years residence required by law The Indian Appropria tion bill was paSBed Adjourned. In the House on the same day Mr. Hill, from the Postoffice Committee, reported a bill abolishing the franking privilege from and after the 1st of July, 1873, and pro ceeded to address the House in advocacy of it. After considerable discussion the bill was finally recommitted, which is considered equivalent to its defeat Mr. McCrary, Irom the Uommittee on Elections, made an adverse report on the petition of certain voters to take testimony in the Ohio con tested election case of Schenck against Campbell. Laid on the table The House went into Committee of the Whole on the Senate amendment to the Legislative, Execu tive and Judicial Appropriation bill. There was a long discussion on the question of ap' propriating $50,000 for the expenses of the civil service reform system. The debate was generally adverse to the proposed reform Belore reaching a vote, the committee arose and the liouso adjourned. In the Senate on Thursday, April 11, Mr. Davis (W. Va.) presented a resolution of the West Virginia Constitutional Conven tion in favor of the immediate removal of all political disabilities in that State Mr. Edmunds, from the Committee on Pensions, reported adversely to the bill granting a pension of $2,000 a year to the widow of Admiral Farragut Messrs. Howe, Ham lin and Stevenson were appointed a second Committee of Conference on the Bayfield and St. Croix Railroad bill The Consular and Diplomatic Appropriation bill was taken np. An amendment was adopted pro viding that no allowance shall be made to any consular or diplomatic officer afte' the termination of hii official functions, other than for the time necessarily used in his di rect return to the United States. On motion of Mr. Stewart, an amendment was adopted making the Interpreter ol the American .Le gation in Japan alse Secretary of Legation, and giving him an additional compensation of $2,500 per annum. The bill then passed. ...Adjourned. In the House on the same day, on motion of Mr. Wilson, of the Committee on Agri culture, a bill passed extending the time for providing the Agricultural College in Indiana to tbe 1st ot March, 1S73; also a bill to pre vent cruelty to animals in transit by rail road, and other means of transportation, and prohibiting the confinement ot animals in cars, etc., more than twenty-four hours con tinuously, after which time they are to have five hours for rest Mr. Hazelton, from the same committee, reported a bill to encourage the planting of trees tor the preservation ot woods on the public domain, requiring all patents for lands to be on the condition of keeping ten per cent, of the land in timber, of planting two acres with timber trees for every acre Irom which timber is cut, etc The .Legislative, and Judicial Appropriation bill was taken up. The senate amendment appropriating $50,000 to enable the President to carry out the Civil Service rules was warmly discussed. An amendment reducing the amount to $10,000 was finally adopted. Adjourned. In the Senate on Friday, April 12, the House bill requiring a report from the Commissioners of Claims was passed On motion of Mr. Pomeroy, the House bill passed extending the one-year term for pay Mients on public land under pre-emption claims in Minnesota, Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan The bill was passed re funding taxes on distilled spirits destroyed by fire in bonded warehouses in Chicago and other places, since Jan. 1, 1868 A joint resolution was adopted to open negotiations with the Ute Indians, in Colorado, for the purpose of acquiring their lands After some other unimportant business the Senate went into executive session, and soon after adjourned till Monday, April 15. In tbe House, resolutions in honor of the late Erastus Corning were adopted The Senate amendments to the .Legislative, ti ecutive and Judicial Appropriation bills, on which no separate amendment was asked, were concurred in as a whole. The amend ment prohibiting the publication of laws and treaties in newspapers was negatived yeas 87, nays 4 Mr. Merrick, irom the Committee on Elections, made a report on the Dakota contested election case, that Mr, Armstrong, the sitting delegate, is entitled to the seat. Ordered printed The bpeak er laid before the House a message from the President vetoing a bill for the relief of the children of John M. Baktr, by allowing his salary as Acting Charge d'Affaires at Rio Janiero in 1834. The President states that Baker never did act as such Charge d'Affaires : but, on the contrary, was expressly forbid den to enter into diplomatic correspondence with the Government of Brazil. The mes sage was referred to tho Committee on For eign Affairs Adjourned to Monday, the 15th. In the Senate on Monday, April 15, bill wab passed permitting the inter ment in the national cemeteries of all hon orably discharged soldiers and sailors The bill authorizing the construction of i wagon and railroad bridge across the Mis sissippi river at Quincy, was passed Memorials were presented protesting against the renewal of tho Wilson sewing-machine patent. They were laid on the table, the committee having reported adversely on the bill to renew the patent Mr. Trumbull presented a memorial pretesting against the exactions on freight and travel over the railroad bridge between Omaha and Coun cil Bluffs After a long consideration of the Deficiency bill the Senate adjourned. In the House, under a call of the States, a large number of bills of no general interest were introduced and referred .Mr, Hoop er's supplementary Civil Rights bill came up and much time was consumed in dilatory motions thereon Mr. tox presented pe titions against further land grants, against recognizing God in the Constitution, and for religious liberty On motien of Mr. Dun- nell, the bill was passed confirming to the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railroad Company the grant of land made by Mich igan for a railroad from Grand Haven to Flint, and thence to Port Huron The River and Harbor Improvement bill was passed. The bill appropriates about $5, 000.000 Mr. Hancock introduced a bill for the appointment by the President of three Commissioners at a salary of $10 per day each, to inquire into the depredations on the frontiers of Texas by bands of In dians and Mexicans, and appropriating S6,- 000 for the expenses of such commission. The bill was passed und tbe Hoi:se adjourn ed. In the Senate, on Tuesday. April 16, the bill was passed to provide for the re demption, and sale of lands held by the United States under the several acts levying direct taxes. It excludes from its provisions all lots or tracts on which there are national cemeteries, or which have been set apart by tne .rresiaem, or neeaea tor military or na val purposes Mr. Cameron introduced a joint resolution, which was referred to the Committee on foreign KelationB, permitting the Diplomatic and Consular officers ef the United States in France to accopt testimoni als from the Emperor of Germany for their services to the Germans in France during the war between France and Germany Mr. Wright, from the Committee on Finance, reported without amendment the bill to es tablish an ass&y office at Helena, Mont Mr. Alcorn, from the Committee on Mines and Mining, reported a bill to promote the development of the mining resources of the United States, which was amended and passed The Australian steamship subsidy bill was discussed at .length, but without acting on it the Senate went into executive session, and soon after adjourned. In the House, Mr. Dawes, from the Com mittee on Ways and Means, reported a bill to reduce the duties on imports and internal taxes, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole and made the special order for Tuesday, April 23d, and from day to day until disposed of Mr. Ketcham, from the Conference Committee on the St. Croix and Lake Superior land grant bill, reported that the Committee had been unable to agree He moved that the House insist on its ac tion, and that another Conference Com mittee be appointed. Mr. Scofield moved that the House recede frem its action, which would have the effect of passing the bill as it came from the Senate. Mr. Holman moved that the House adhere to its action, which would make it final. Mr. Ketcham, in view of Mr. Scofield's motion, withdrew bis own and hoped the House would adopt Mr. Holman s motion to adhere. The vote was first taken on Mr. Holman's motion to adhere to'its former action. The motion was agreed to yeas 110, nays 54. This amounts to a rejection of the bill, as the substitute adopted by the House and to which it voted to adhere was to declare that the laid in question reverted to the actual settlers.. Adjourned. TERRIBLE BOILER EXPLOSION The Steamer Ocean uw Blown Into Fran menls-MxIy to Seventy of the 1'assengers ana crew tvuiea or uroniieii. The stearaer Oceanus, from Eed river to bt. Louis, when near Brook s Point thirty miles above Cairo, at 4 a. m. on Wednesday, April 10, exploded her boiler, blowing the upper works almost entirely away, immediately alter which the wreck took fire, burning to th- water's edge. Pilot Thompson, of the steamer John Lumsden, lying a few miles below, on seeing the light from the burning wreck, manned a yawl and proceeded up the river to ascertain the cause, tie lound a small party of sur vivors on the head of the island, but passed on to relieve those on the wreck, len or twelve were clinging to the wheel, but it dropped before he reached them, and all but lour were lost. The steamer Belle of St. Louis, bound up, took on board the survivors, thirty six in number, many ot whom were badly burned or otherwise injured Seven died before reaching St. Louis. George Keightly, the first engineer, who was on watch when the explosion occurred, says the boat had just struck a bar. 1 he engines had been stopped and Mr. Keightly glanced at his watch to note the time, when the explosion occurred, and, with terrible force, one of the boilers was blown baok to the cylinders, and the whole forward part of the boat, including the pilot-house, texas, ana forward state-rooms, were scattered right and left. The boat took fire instantly, and the startled and haif- nude passengers that were not killed awoke to a terrible reality. But one boat was left, and that was badly broken The officers did all they could to assist the passengers. Pilot Harris stated that Wicinns, their Red river pilot, was drowned. Harry Tripp, the pilot on watch, and also Capt. Reeder were buried in the debris and were heard calling despairingly for help, but the fire had gained such headway that they could not be reached and were burned. Various statements have been made 1 by the survivors of the disaster, but they relate almost entirely to personal experience, and throw little or no light on the cause of the explosion. The bodies brought to St. Louis by the steamer Belle will be held for inquest. Those of the wounded not able to take care of themselves have been taken in charge by the city, and sent to hospitals. One of the pilots states that it would have been impossible for the steamer to ground at the point where the explo sion took place, as asserted by George Keightly, first engineer. The passen gers and crew numbered about 100 souls, as nearly as can be estimated, of whom only thirty-six have been found. The Earthquake in Syria Fifteen Hun dred Persons Swept into Eternity. London (April 6) Dispatch to the New York Herald. A telegram from Constantinople, re porting the occurrence of a most fearful and fatal visitation by earthquake in the East, reached this city during the morn ing to-day. The dispatch states that the city of Antioch, in Syria, has just been visited by an earthquake, causing ter rible loss of life and almost general ruin of property. One-half of the city was totally destroyed, and 1,500 persons swept from existence suddenly. A rum bling noise, of almost unearthly sound, pervaded Antioch at an early hour this morning. The people became alarmed and startled. They were not permitted a moment for reflection as to the cause, when the town was visited by three suc cessive shocks of earthquake and earth waves, the force of which caused the buildings to vibrate and rock to and fro. Houses commenced to topple over, and the inhabitants rushed from the falling buildings terror-stricken and shrieking in dismay. They endeavored to force their way from the town to the open country, but very many of them perished in the attempt. The river Orontes rose and swept over the lower portions of the city. The two bridges which spanned the river have been carried away, and gTeat portions of the city were thrown down. Great distress prevails in that portion of the city which has not been demolished, and the inhabitants are sadly in need of the assistance which is being forwarded to them rapidly from the cities and town3 more adjacent to the scene of disaster. The city of Antioch or, as it is now called, Antakiek, now again, for the fourth or fifth time, debtroyed by an arthquake, was in ancient times one of the most famous in Syria, and at one period was even more wealthy and pleiidid and populous than eitner ot its great rivals, Aleppo and JUamascus. It is situated on the river Aazi (the an cient Orontes), about twenty miles from its mouth, and thirty-four miles west of Aleppo. It was founded about 300 B. C. by Seleucus Nicator, and named by him in honor of his father, Antiochus, fifteen other cities, none of which have, however, so successfully survived the attacks of time, enjoying, at about the same period, a like distinction. Situated directl" in the track of the caravans from Mesopotamia and Persia, in a beautiful valley at the foot of the moun tains, which rise at this point from a narrow fringe of low-lying shore, with abundance of water and a sinsiularlv fertile soil, the city soon became won derfully prosperous, and the wares of Bagdad and Mosul, of Cashmere !nd ienares, halted in caravansaries on their way to the bazars of Byzantium and the markets of Rome. One cause of its wealth and greatness was no doubt the energy and industry of the colony of Greek?, of Athenian ancestry, by whom n was peopled, ana who had been re moved froui the neiaiiborine citv of Antigonium by Seleucus. It was for several generations tbe favorite resi dence of the Seleucid Princ-s and be came the capital of Syria. Splendid palaces and baths and amphiteatcrs and temples were built by the munificence of its rulers until it was as celebrated all over the Eastern world for the gran deur of its architecture as for the wealth and luxury and devotion to pleasure of its inhabitants. Po doubt it fairly earned the compliment of being termed " Antioch the Beautiful" and the " Queen of the East." At the height of its splendor it numbered 700,000 inhabi tants, and was tne scene ol almost unin terrupted spectacles and fetes. Its suburbs were especially noted ior their beauty. A ring of verdure sur rounded its walls of reddish stone, and at its gates were the sacred fountains and groves of Daphre, and the world- iamous lempleot Apolio. It tell into the hands of the Romaiis in 64 B. C, and was planted with a Latin colony, whose members enjoyed the especial privileges of Roman citizens. Soon after the death ol Christ the Gospel was preached by the Apostles, and a flour ishing Christian Church was founded. Indeed, it was at Antioch that the fol lowers of Jesus first assumed the name of Christians. About 115 A. E. it suf fered terribly from an earthquake, but was restored by the Emperor Trajan. In 155 A. D. it was destroyed by fire, but was again rebuilt. As the Christian religion spread over the Roman Empire its inhabitants gradually became ex clusively Christian, and in the second, third and fourth centuries it was the principal seat of the true faith in the East, ten councils being held within its walls between the years 252 and 3S0. When the Latin power waned, it suf fered greatly from the attacks of Persia, and about the same period endured three great famines, one of which, in 331, was so severe that wheat rose to the price of 400 pieces of t-ilver a bushel. Between the fourth and seventh centu ries, the city was three times destroyed by earthquakes. In the sixth century it was made the Beat of a patriarchate, which included in its province the Syrian, Mesopotanian and Cilician Churches. It was taken by the Sara cens in 635, together with the rest of Syria, and from that time has steadily declined in importance. In y75 it was again annexed to the Western Roman Empire, and, having been retaken in 1084, was in 1098 captured by the Cru saders and made the seat of a little Christian kingdom, under Bohemod, the son of Robert Guiscard. It re-, mained in Christian hands for nearly two centuries, and was then taken, alter terrible losses, by Bibaro, Sultan of Egypt. Since then its history has been one of constantly waning prosperity. The Christian religion almost, died out, and, though it had fourteen mosques, it did not possess a single Christian church until an American missionary was sent there a few years ago to found a new church. In this he met with signal suc cess, and the missionary journals occa sionally contain very interesting ac counts of this revival of the influences of the cross. In 1822 it was again de stroyed by a terrible earthquake. In ap pearance Antakiek is at present a mis erable little Arab city of ftbout seven thousand inhabitants, built of square mud houses, with sloping and flat roofs by the way, an unusual feature for an Eastern city and with narrow little streets, noisome, with stagnant pools of water, and alive with troops of hungry, mangy curs. Strange as it may seem, the American civil war somewhat im proved for a time the prospects of this ruined city. Stimulated by the high price of cotton, the indolent owners of the soil in the neighborhood, which is very well fitted for such culture, became industrious cotton raisers, and there was even a cotton mill founded by an English company. The latter enter prise, however, did not pay, and was abandoned a coaple of years ago ; and since cotton has gone down the landed proprietors have subsided into their natural state of needy idleness. From the preceding sketch it will be seen that there have previously been destructive earthquakes in Aleppo in years 115, 458, 526, 5S7 and 1822. It is a curious fact that this city is within a thousand or fifteen hundred miles of the antipodes of California, where our last earthquake sensation occurred. Pneumatic Transportation. A bill is pending before Congress to incorporate the "Pneumatic Tube Road Company," which proposes to construct such a road from New York to New Or leans. As the incorporators number among them several well-known lobby ists, and as the proposed charter grant many privileges and promises no return therefor, it is probable that this particu lar scheme will be negatived. If it could be intrusted to capable hands, great good might result. London, Paris an. I Berlin have pneumatic dispatch tubes for the transmission of parcels, etc., and New York has an incomplete pneumatic railway. It requires but little more trial to devise a system of sending men and women as speedily and safely as we can now send parcels; and its mccess will revolutionize travel far more thoroughly than did the introduction of the railway.