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NEWS SUMMARY. The East. Congressman R. B. Roosevelt, of New York, has put his nomination for West Point up for competition among 1,500 scholars in the two public grammar schools in bis district in New York. Boss Tweed, while reading the evidence of O&kes Ames in the Credit Mobilier investiga tion, ths other day, said : " Thank God I am not a Congressman. As bad as they say I am, they have never accused me of selling my vote as a Senator." George Francis Train has caught fever and ague in the New York Tombs, but he persists in living on prison fare and repelling all offers of bail. He says he will not quit the prison until the merits of his cause release him. The Gilbert Elevated Railway Company, of New York, has contracted with the New York and Boston Iron Company to build five miles of road, at $1,000,000 per mile. It is announced that Commodore Vanderbilt has abondoned his underground railroad pro ject, at New York. A monument has justbeen'placed in Green wood Cemetery, New York, to the memory of the gifted Cary sisters. The idea of the monu ment originated with the late Horace Greeley, who started a subscription paper. The Pennsylvania Senate has instructed, by a vote of 25 to 1, Senators Scott and Cameron to vote against the Postal Telegraph bill when it comes before the United States Senate. The trial of Boss Tweed, of New York, re sulted in a disagreement of the jury, who stood 11 for acquittal and 1 for convictton. O. Love, of Boston, recently shot his little daughter and then killed himself. Cause domestic trouble. Ben. Butler has written a sympathetic letter to Mrs. Woodhull. A telegram from White Plains, N. Y., of the 3d inst., says : At the opening of the Greeley will case, Judge Hart stated that he had re ceived a note from Miss Ida Greeley, which had been approved by her sister, in which they begged to withdraw from the contest, which their opponents were determined to wage over their father's grave. The contestants then proceeded to prove the will made by Mr. Greeley in 1871, without further opposition. It was Btated that Mr. Greeley left property estimated to be worth $206,000, which, with the estate of Mrs. Greeley, would amount to $225,000. ' Four boilers in the American Iron Works, Pittsburgh, exploded on the 3d inst. with frightful effect. The concussion was so tre mendous that three sections of the building were completely shattered, the roof being arried entirely away and scattered in all directions. There were about 3,000 laborers employe 1 in the mill at the time of the ex plosion, and for a time it seemed as though a very large number had been either killed or wounded by the steam or by fragments of the boilers that were sent flying in all directions. Seven persons were killed outright, and over thirty seriously injured, many of whom will die. New York has had another horrible double murder. Stephen Haas, a letter-carrier, quar reled with and murdered his mistress, Mrs. Barbara SchaJer, and then cut his own throat. It is stated that evidence has been obtained showing that the frauds under the old New York Board of Audit will amount to fully $10, 000,000. Fresh frauds are continually coming to light. The boiler of Wood's rolling-mills, at N orris town. Pa., blew up on the 3d inst., killing eight persons, and wounduag thirteen more or less dangerously. John H. Selwyn, the well-known theatrical manager, died at Philadelphia last week. The West. The Slaais-ZeUung, a daily German Repub lican paper at St. Louis, has been sold under the Sheriff's hammer for $12,500. Wm. Lawn, a sewing-machine agent, was lately murdered by a Perry county (O.) saloon keeper, because he refused to pay for a drink of whisky. John J. Ingalls, the new Kansas Senator, ice Pomeroy, is a lawyer, a native of Essex county, MaeB., and is 33 years old. He resides in Atchison. Negroes from the South are being introduced into the coal mines at New Lisbon, Ohio, to supply the places of the striking white miners' This being the first attempt to solve the diffi culty of the miners' strikes in this manner, the result is looked upon with considerable interesj. Advices from California state that Capt. Jack, the troublesome chief of the Modoc In dians, after having been shelled by United States troops, has been shot and wounded by som? of his own treacherous tribe, who were -dissatisfied with his want of vigor in the con duct of the war. It is added that, at his in vitation, two officers have gone to hold a big talk with him. Senator Pomeroy, by counsel, appeared be fore the Judge of the United States District Court, at Topeka, Kansas, on the 1st inst., and gave bail in $20,000 for his appearance at the June term of the court. A rumor has been prevalent that the fallen Senator is a raving maniac, and that his life is despaired of. Three incendiaries were recently hung by vigilants at Arrow Rock, Mo. Hon. Joel A. Matteson, ex-Governor of Illi nois, died at the residence of his son-in-law, R. E. GoodelL in Chicago, on the 31st ult., aged 65. His death resulted from injuries re ceived more than a year ago by being thrown from his buggy. Mrs. Boyce, of Chicago, has been sentenced: to five years' imprisonment in the Illinois Penitentiary for the murder, by poison, of Calvert Johnson. Three laborers were killed, the other day, by the caving of an embankment on the Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, near Chicago. A lot of Chinamen, at Carson, Nevada, re cently .engaged in a fierce encounter with knives and pistols about a woman, in which three were killed and a number wounded. The Liberals of Cincinnati have held a -meeting and resolved to organize on the prin ciples of the Cincinnati platform. San Francisco has had a slight earthquake shock. Two murderers were recently hung by a vigi lance committee at Bozeman, Montana. The Mormons are feeling their way into Arizona ; 200 Saints have been ordered on to open the way for colonies from Utah, which will range themselves along the route of the Thirty-fifth Parallel Pacific railroad. . Minnesota papers are filled with the arrivals of persons reported as having frozen to death "by the great January storm. It appears that numerous parties supposed to have been lost had simply taken refuge at some house, and a few days after the storm turned up all right. It is now thought that the loss of life at the utmost limit will not exceed thirty for the. entire State. The South. A difficulty recently occurred in Forsythe county, Ga., between a number of United States Deputy Marshals and citizens charged with violating the revenue laws, in which seventy-five shots were exchanged. One citizen was killed and two Deputy Marshals were wounded. S. B. Conover, Republican, has been elected United States Senator from Florida. Twenty seven Democrats voted for him. C. H. Slocomb, a leading merchant, and one of the most prominent citizens of New Orleans, is dead, aged 11. He was a Captain in the fa mous Washington Artillery. Commodore Matthew Fontain Maury, cele brated for his researches into the physical geography of the sea, and for the discovery of many laws of meteorological science, died on the 1st inst., at Lexington, Va., aged 67. The jury in the Wharton case, at Baltimore, being unable to agree, have been discharged. They stood eight to four in favor of a verdict of guilty. A few nights ago four highwaymen attacked the stage between Mitchellsburg and Harrods burg, Ky. One of the passengers put his pis tol through the window and shot one of the robbers dead, whereupon his companions fled, but were pursued by the passengers and two of them captured. Washington. The House Commerce Committee has agreed to the bill relieving goods imported in French bottoms of differential duties. While the bill restoring pensions to the sol diers of the war of 1812 who resided in the re- bellious States during the late civil war was being considered in the House, the other day, Gen. Ben. Butler made a brief but earnest speech in advocacy of the measure. He said thotse old veterans should have their dues, even if during the rebellion they were led by cir cumstances to sympathize with treason, and ended by hoping that the time was near when the New Orleans of 1812 would be remembered and the New Orleans of 18G2 forgotten. He was loudly applauded several times by the Southern members, who gathered around him, and the Speaker made no attempt to suppress the demonstration. The friends of the Hubbard Postal Tele graph scheme claim to have secured a sufficient number of votes in the Senate to pass th t bill whenever they can get it up. Even if so, it is said that the bill has no chance in the House. It is stated that the President has decided to appoint a commission to treat with the Mo doc Indians. The President has signed the act abolishing the franking privilege, and it will go into effect July 1. The House, by an almost unanimous vote, has relieved several prominent rebels of disa bilities, including William A. Graham, of North Carolina ; Taylor, Secretary of the Confederate Navy; John Forsyth, editor of the Mobile Registsr and Buchanan's Minister to Mexico, and D. C. Dejarnette, formerly leading mem ber of Congress of Virginia. The following is the public debt statement for January : Six per cent, bonds $1,341,448,700 Five per cent, bonds 414,567,300 Total coin bonds 51,75C,016,000 Lawful money debt $ 16,608,000 Matured debt 3,533,( 42 Legal tender notes 358,098,138 Certificates of deposit 28,935,000 Fractional currency 46,057,694 Coin certificates 24,246,500 Total without interest $ 457.337,332 Total debt $2,233,494,753 Total interest $ 27,448,886 Cash in the Treasury, coin. $ 62.342,604 Currency 7,(507,454 Special deposit held for the redemption of certificates of deposit, as prescribed bylaw. 28,035,000 Total in the Treasury $ 98,285,058 Debt less cash in Treasury 2,162,658,581 Increase daring the month $ 406,243 Bonds issued to the Pacific Railroad Companies, interest payable in lawful money, principal outstanding. 64,623,512.00 Interest accrued and not vet paid 323,117.00 Interest paid by United States 18,509,280.90 Interest repaid by transportation of maUs, etc 4,118,432.75 Balance of interest paid by United States 14,390,848.15 Senator Sumner's health continues to im prove slowly. The President is urging upon members of Congress the necessity of taking some decisive action this session upon the Utah problem. Congress having abolished the franking privilege, it now proposes to do away with the twin evil of mileage a bill to that effect hav ing been prepared. A pension of $50 per month has been grant ed by Congress to Mrs. Robert C. Ward, daughter of the late President Taylor, who, it appears, is in very destitute circumstances. The House Committee on Claims have re ported a bill passing the awards of claims al lowed by the Commissioners on Southern Claims. The bill embraces 1,300 names, and appropriates about $900,000. Foreign. A rumor comes by the cable that the differ ences between Great Britain and Russia on the Khivan question are increasing, and that the Governments of France, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Denmark and Sweden have determined to sup port the British Government in its position. King Lunalilo has been unanimously elected King of Hawaii by a popular vote. The Tichborce claimant has entered into recognizance in 2,000 to answer to the Court of Queen's Bench on a charge of contempt, for Iub speech at Brighton. Forty-two members of the International So ciety were arrested the other day in Paris. Pauline Lucca's petition to the Emperor of Germany for a remittal of the fine of $6,000 against her for breaking her contract with the Berlin Opera House has been rejected. A numerously attended meeting of slave owners and others was held at Havana on the evening of the 28th ult. Several speeches were made, in which many different views of the slavery question were taken, and proposi tions in favor of its abolition were advocated. Kevdral planters, hitherto considered uncom promising pro-slavery men, gave expression to very liberal views, to the great astonishment of the audience. Russian feeling is being wrought into a war fever by stories of atrocious outrages com mitted by the Khivans upon their Russian prisoners. Expeditions are being formed to avenge these wrongs, and the excitement has spread among the nobility, many of whom have volunteered to accompany the army. Glasgow is subscribing liberally for a monu ment to the poet Campbell. It is reported that American bankers of Lon don loaned Napoleon $200,000 to facilitate a coup he was meditating, and that silica his death the money has been returned to them. News from Dr. Livingstone represents his j health as much improved. The Queen of Spain has given birth to a bouncing boy. ... .. . Thiers refuses to accept the constitutional project submitted to him by the Committee of Thirty of the Assembly. Over 120 Internationalists have been arrested in Montmartre, a suburb of Paris. Ex-Empress Carlotta, widow of Maximilian, is reported in a dying condition at Dresden. Randolph Rogers, the American sculptor, has been made a member of the Roman Academy of St. Luke, the first citizen of the United States who has received this honor. Rustichuk, a fortified city of Bulgaria, has been the scene of a fierce street riot, in which 13 Bulgarians and 10 Greeks were slaughtered. It was the Spanish steamer Murillo, as was surmised from the first, that ran down the Northfleet in the English Channel, the other day. She was not damaged in the least by the collision, and has arrived at Cadiz in perfect condition. Lisbon was her real destination, but as her officers and crew on landing there would have been immediately arrested under the extradition law between Great Britain and Portugal, she carried her cargo to a Spanish port. This may enable her officers to escape all punishment for an act of cold-blooded in humanity equal to the w orst of those that ren dered infamous the Spanish buccaneers of 300 years ago. The Spanish Government has officially noti fied Minister Sickles that no steps will be taken to abolish slavery in Cuba until the in surrection in that island has been suppressed. There are, according to the recent census re turns, 269,000 slaves in the island. The great Vienna Exposition building is completed. An incipient revolution in Hayti has been discovered and suppressed, and five of the plotters executed. A strike among the engineers and firemen of the Portuguese railways has been ended by the interference of the Government, and the strik ing workmen forced, at the point of the bayo net, to resume their places. The British isles have been visited bv a storm of extraordinary violence. In London, snow fell to a great depth, and travel was al most wholly suspended. , The gale raged with great fury all around the English and Irish coasts. Many wreckB have already been re ported, and there has been a fearful loss of life, especially off Torquay and around the Sicily Islands. President Thiers attended the sitting of the Committee of Thirty, the other day. and presented his vitws on the constitutional pro ject submitted to him. He agreed to accept the scheme if certain amendments which he declared indispensable were adopted. After a searching criticism of the project in detail, he urged the necessity of being free to address the Assembly on questions of general policy, and concluded asollows : " You humiliate me ; I accept humiliation, but I will not be come a political mannikin. I am only a little bourgeois, but the power your conditions leave me would be contemptible." News comes from San Domingo of a new movement of the insurgents, which may prove serious to the infant colony of Samana Bay. Prince Lunalilo has been inaugurated King of the Sandwich Islands. Over 75,000 iron-workers in Wales are on a strike. Lehree, a town in India of 6,000 inhabitants, has been overwhelmed by an earthquake, and 500 people lulled. There has been another rise in the price of coal in London. It is now selling for 53 shil lings per ton. The British isles have been experiencing in tensely cold weather. One hundred persons froze to death in England within two days. The House Foreign Affairs Committee have agreed to recommend the passage of the bill incorporating the American, China and Japan Telegraph Company, with a capital of $10,000,000. Congress is being flooded with petitions in opiosition to the proposed repeal of the Bank rupt act. President Grant, immediately after the close of the present session of Congress, will, in company with members of the Cabinet, make an extended Southern tour, visiting New Or leans (via Richmond), Raleigh, Columbia, Charleston, Mobile, and other places. Ceneral. It is proposed to tunnel the Ohio and Missis sippi rivers near their junction, in order to facilitate railway movements. A company for that purpose has been formed, with a capital of $10,000,000, and has applied to Congress for an act of incorporation. Preparations for the celebration of the cen tennial anniversary of American Independence at Philadelphia have been intrusted to a com mittee of 00 leading citizens. At a meeting of this committee, the other day, $139,000 were subscribed, making $500,000 promised by Philadelphia for the celebration. The City Council is asked to appropriate $1,000,000 from the city funds, and subscriptions are invited from every citizen of the United States. There is an increase in the public debt for the month of January of $406,243. Aspinwall was visited by a terrific hurricane on the 18th ult., causing the destruction of nearly $1,000,000 worth of property. The sewing machine patents are about to ex pire, and, according to the New York Bulleiin, there is a formidable combination of interests to lobby their extension through Congress. The royalty alone has yielded several million dollars, which were divided among companies whose patents cover the essential points of the machine. These companies charge the American people one-half more for the ma chines than the rates at which precisely the the same articles are sold in Europe. The Bulletin tells that for a series of years the public has paid from $50 to $80 apiece for ma chines, which nev r cost more than from $5 to $8 each, and which could be sold for $15 to $20 each, and leave a handsome profit. There was an epidemic of railroad accidents on Tuesday, the 4th of February. A train was thrown from the track near Russellville, Ky., and two coaches tumbled down a high em bankment. The wife and child of Lieut. Web ster, United States army, were killed, and some dozen others seriously injured. Near Lock Haven, Pa., a train was thrown from the track by a snow-slide, killing the engineer, and injuring two other employes. Near Little Rock, Ark., a number of passengers were in jured by an accident on the Fort Smith road. A brakeman fell from the cars near Tiffin, O., and was terribly mangled. Fires. Jan. 29. At Lancaster, O. The extensive steam-tannery of Martin Evans & Co., involv ing a loss of $41.000 Three Rivers, Mich. ; a number of buildings destroyed ; loss, $40,000. . Beverly, Mass. Seth Norwood & Co.'e shoe factory was partially burned, and a num ber of workmen were severely injured Jan. 30. At Allegheny City, Pa. The Ex celsior Coffin Works; loss, $30,000 Clinton, Iowa; loss, $15,000 Uxbridge, Ontario; loss. $40,000 New Orleans Thompsons Crescent Sugar Refinery; loss, $200,000 St. Paul, Minn. ; loss about $15,000. Jan. 31. At Jackson, Tenn. Nearlv the entire business portion of the town was de stroyed, involving a pecuniary loss of over $100,000 .Quincy, HI. A number of tene ments were burned, rendering homeless some ten families. ' Feb. 1. At Northfield, Vt. Gould & Son's woolen factory ; loss, $100,000 New York 740 Broadway; loss, $125,000 New Jeffer son, Iowa The residence of Alexander Cairns; Mr. Cairns, his brother Henry, and two little children were burned to aAisp ; supposed to be the work of an inceiShary.... Woolwich, England A portion of the Royal Military Academy was destroyed; oss, $250,000 Co hoes, N. Y. The Stark Knitting Mill : loss, $40,000. Feb. 2. At Brooklyn, N. Y Loss, $30,000. Omaha, Neb. The Pacific Flouring Mills were totally destroyed ; loss, $20,000 Cleve land, O. The mill and forge of the Lake Erie Iron Company's Rolling Mills were burned ; loss heavy. Feb. 3. At Quebec, Canada The Court House was totally destroyed, entailing the loss of a rich collection of official archives and historical and legal documents among them all the records of the Province of Lower Canada. Feb. 4. At Cincinnati The Globe Rolling Mills ; estimated loss, $50,000. The Credit Mobilier. A Washington dispatch of the 29th savs.? "Judge Poland's Credit Mobilier Investigation Committee was largely attended to-day, it being popularly expected that Oakes Ames would not only exhibit his oriirinal memorandum but also letters, receipts and statements from Congress men wliich would cause something like the sensations attending the production of Pat terson s letter and Colfax's bank account. But few of these documents were presented, how ever, those offered being additional receipts irom r-aiierson, ana a statement or figures m Garland s handwriting, wherein the latter makes Ames his debtor for $2,400 on account of his Credit Mobilier investment. Robert 8. Hale put m an appearance as the attornev of Vice-President Colfax, and proposes, on' the ueutui ui ma cueut, to estawisn that tue yl.UU deposited in the First National Bank the day after Ames gave him a check on the Sergeant-at-Arm8 for that amount, was obtained from an entirely different source. "In the Wilson committee, Joseph B. Stew art, of Washington, who received several hun dred thousand dollars in connection with the legislation of 1354 on the Union Pacific rail road, was critically examined. He was finally driven to the point as to whether he had paid any newspaper publishers, when he declined to answer on the ground of the relations of clients to attorneys; the fact was reported to the House, which ordered that Stewart be com pelled to answer to-morrow, or stand commit ted. Stewart says to-night that he will go to jail before he will answer. He distinctly testi fied over and over that not a dollar was ever paid by him to any Congressmen or newspaper correspondents, but the committee insist that he must tell to whom he did pay it." Horace F. Clark, President of the Union Pa cific railroad, was examined before the Wilson committee on the 30th ult. He ehowed that he had never permitted the expenditure of a cent to influence the action of Congress. He introduced in evidence letters and dispatches written to him by one of Gen. Butler's secre taries, which he considered as an attempt to blackmail the company. The Poland committee was devoted princi- Eally to hearing an explanation from Hon. Job tevenson. as to his assertion that J. F. Wilson and Speaker Blaine were connected with the Dubuque and Sioux City railroads. The Poland committee was mainly occupied, on the 31st ult., in listening to the revelations of Thomas C. Durant. He showed how the election of the Board of Directors had been controlled by fictitious subscriptions and legal maneuvers, under the direction of Gen. Butler, and threw additional light upon some of Oakes Ames' contracts. He said that Gen. Dodge, the Engineer-in-Chief of the Union Pacific railroad, was a member of Congress, and spent his time in Washington, where it was asserted he could do more good than elsewhere. He received a salary of $10,000 a year, and his wife held 100 shares of the Credit Mobilier stock. Alley took the stand, and met Mr. Du rant 's statements by the somewhat familiar re mark that the cry of " stop thief " was raised by the thieves themselves. Considerable evidence was taken by the Wil son committee, but none of it was important except an incidental admission from President Clark, of the Union Pacific railroad, that Gen. Dix, now Governor of New York, received a fee of $50,000, while he was Minister to France during the Johnson Administration, to nego tiate a sale of the Union Pacific bonds. He failed to sell any bonds, but kept the fee hand ed him. A Washington dispatch of the 1st inst. says: The work of taking evidence has been prac tically completed by the Poland committee, there being no more witnesses to hear except Ames and Colfax, and the committee have made up their minds that nothing more cau be got from either of them of vital importance to the investigation. The committee held a private session this afternoon, and determined to pro ceed directly to the work of preparing their re port. This will take a week or ten days, and m the meantime, Mr. Colfax will have an op portunity to present any evidence he may ob tain, and Mr. Ames will be expected to produce his memorandum book. Whether he will do so is an open question, and if, when he returns, he says that he cannot find his papers, the committee will not press him. There is much speculation and a wide variety of opinion as to the report of the Poland committee. It is argued by some of the ablest lawyers in Congress that no charges of bribery have been proved against Oakes Ames, nor against the men who took stock from him, and that if such charges were proved, it would be out of the province of the Forty-second Congress to discipline members for what was done during the session of the Fortieth Con gress. Nevertheless, Judge Poland has openly declared that the committee would not white washjanybody, and they may perhaps declare Mr. Oakes Ames unfit to occupy a seat in Con gress, and indirectly recommend his expulsion. The feeling against Ames is so great that ho would be expelled in a moment if a decent pretext could be found. A Washington telegram of the 34 inst. says : The sessions of the Wilson committee are drawing to a close, and it is probable that by the time the testimony is closed the report will be ready for presentation to the House, as the members have kept themselves thoroughly in formed from day to day of the importance of the testimony, and the bearing of the informa tion furnished by one witness on that of an other. The testimony is printed from day to day, and thus it is before each member of the committee. The Chairman, Judge Wilson, left for the North to-night, and will take testi mony and examine books in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. In the fojmer city the records of the courts, where the Credit Mo bilier trials occurred, will be examined, and all the books in i he New York and Boston offices of tin Union Pacific road will be gone over. While the Chairman is absent Mr. Allev will be examined, and also Gen. Dodge, if lie ar rives from Texis in time. The Wilson committee had an uninteresting session on the 4th. John B. Alley was the only witness, and his testimony related almost wholly to the dry details of the Union Pacific railroad, and in an effort to show that nothing has been made out of the road ; that those who built it look bankruptcy in the face, and all that. Pending the return of Oakes Ames, the committee is engaged in preparing a report on the evidence already in. This report will take up the case of each Congressman, and make tpecial reference thereto. The report will be accompanied by no resolution, but will simply leave the House to take such action as the evidence submitted may justify. The Poland committee reported to the House the evidence taken with regard to Sen J atsti IT T .. Dani-unn onrl "VlntWl President Colfax, and it was unanimouslv cer tified to the Senate for its action as the latter body shall deem proper. FORTT-SECOXD CONGRESS. Tuesday, Jan. 28. Senate. A motion to appoint a committee to investigate the charges cir culated against the Vice-President in connection with the Credit Mobilier, which was offered at his request, was lost, only one Senator, the mover, vot ing in the affirmative.... The House amendment to the bill providing for representation of the United States at the Vienna Fxposition was concurred in. The bill to pay Japan for grounds in that coun try occupied by our Government for hospital pur poses, was passed. ... The amendment to the Legis lative Appropriation bill, providing that no judg ment of the Court of Claims shall be paid except to persons whose loyalty is proved, was agreed to. Sherman's amendment raising the salaries of As sistant Secretary, Solicitor, BtgiBter and Supervis ing Architect of the Treasury Department, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the Commissioners of Patents, of Indian Affairs, of Commerce, of Agri culture, of Pensions, and of the General Land Office, Auditor of the Treasury and Assistant Post-inaster-General, and of the Superintendent of the Money Order Department and Foreign Mails, to $4,000 each per year, was adopted. An amendment to raise the salaries of Congressmen to $7,000 was tabled. House. The session was mainly occupied in de bate on the bill for the admission of Colorado, which did not rome to a vote. Wed-E8day, Jan. 29. Senate. A motion to reconsider Sherman's amendment to the Legis lative Appropriation bill, increasing the salaries of Assistant Secretaries, etc., was lost. A motion to strike out of the bill $10,000 appropriated for extra clerks was agreed to. An amendment for reducing the force in the Postoflice was agreed to. House. The bill for the admission of Colorado was laid on the table by a vote of 107 to 61. In the Florida contested election case the committee re ported that Kiblack was entitled to the seat. The report was agreed to. ... A report was received from the Credit Mobilier Commitiee that J. B. Stewart, of Washington, refused to answer questions put, ou the ground that the answers would call out confi dential communications between counsel and client, which were privileged. The committee moved for an order that the Sergeaut-at-Arms take Stewart into custody, subject to further order of the House. An amendment to have Stewart brought forthwith before the House to show cause why he should not be committed to answer for contempt was agreed to, and the resolution as amended adopted. Thuesday, Jan. 30. Senate. The bill ex empting mineral lands in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota from the operation of the act to promote the mineral resources of the United States was passed Morrill's amendment to the Legislative Appropriation act, prohibiting payment, unless by special act of Congress, of judgments of the Court I bellion had not been proved was reconsidered ; the I Morrill amendment was thin agreed to, and the iofjiKiauve Appropriarion act jiapsea. Hobke. A bill restoring to the nenrion rolls the names of soldiers of the war of 1S12, stricken off because of their aiding the rebellion, was parsed. Stewart, the witness before the Credit Mobilier Committee, who refused to answer questions, was brought to the bar by the Sergeant-at-Arms and heard in defense. He claimed the privilege as coun sel exempted him from obligation to answer. A resolutiou was then adopted that his answer was in sufficient, and that he be considered in contempt. A resolution was offered providing for the retention of Stewart in custody of the Sergeant-at-Anns until he shall have appeared before the committee aud answered all proper questions. A substitute order ing him to be committed to the jail of the District and kept in close confinement until released by purging himself of his contempt by answering the question or by order of the House was rejected, and the original r2solutiou was adopted. Friday, Jan. 31. Senate. A bill was in troduced authorizing the Northern Pacific railroad to bridge the St. Lonis river Harlan introduced a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amend ment for the election of Senators by direct vote of the people The bill for a subsidy for Webb's Australian line of steamships was discussed, but no action was taken on it.... A message was received from the President vetoing the bill for the relief of the University of East Tennessee. House. The whole session was occupied in dis posing of private bills. Satubday, Feb. 1. Senate. Not in session. House. The sub-committee of the select commit tee on the condition of the Pacific railroad and Cred it Mobilier was authorized to take testimony in Phil adelphia, New York and Boston A bill was passed " to secure a more efficient administration of Indian affairs. Monday, Feb. 3. Sex ate. Mr. Wright pre sented the joint resolutions of the Legislature of Iowa, asking for the passage of a bill to relieve the people from oppressive railroad freight charges. . . . Messrs. Cragin, Morrill (Maine), and Bayard were appointed a committee of conference on the bill providing for six sloops-of -war The bill for sub sidy for an Australian (Webb's) steamship line was laid on the table The third section of Bucking ham's banking bill was amended so as to provide that after January, 1874, national banks shall re deem their notes iu coin or in United States legal tenders. No action was taken on the bill. House A resolution declaring it inexpedient to grant any part of Goat Island, in San Francisco Bay, to the Pacific railroad was passed A bill was introduced for the establishment of a board of three railroad commissioners, to report at the neit session the condition of all railroads that have received Government aid in lands or bonds The Ways and Means Committee reported back adversely the vari ous bills for refunding the cotton tax A motion to Buspend the rules to pass the bill of Hawley (Illi nois) providing for the appoihtmeut of a board of railroad commissioners, to collect information as to rates for freight and passenger traffic ou the various roads, and report whether the same are unequal and excessive, was lost yeas, 75 ; nays, 99. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Senate. Bills introduced: To raise the salaries of the President and Vice-President to $50,000 and $10,000 respectively ; to author ize the consolidation c f national banks . copy of the evidence taken in the Credit Mobilier investiga tion was received from the House. Mr. Patterson moved the appointment of a select committee of five, with power to send for persons aud rapers, to whom the matter should be referred, which was agreed to. House. The evidence taken before Poland's Cred it Mobilier committee was reported and ordered printed. The bill for the payment of the Montana war claims was passed. An Episode of the Louisiana Investiga tion. A Washington dispatch of the 3d inst. says : The monotony ef investigation ,into the Loui siana election was varied to-day by the testi mony of one Theodore Jaques, who was United States Supervisor under the Enforcement ac at the last election in the State. He testified unblushingly that he stuffed ballot-boxes, forged aflidavits, and took false oaths in the Kellogg interest at the late election. In an swer to a question by Mr. Carpenter as to whether he considered himself a corrupt man, he repUed that he was in the same boat with other politicians and generally went with them in measures, believing that trickery and dis honesty in politics is excusable. Mr. Carpenter asked him if he did not regard himseH in duty bound to tell the truth when he was under oath at the time he was an ofiicer of elections. Witness replied, No. He regarded an oath as a mere matter of form. Jlr. Carpenter then asked him why, after he had helped to secure Kellogg's election by forged election returns, false affidavits, etc., he had gone back on Kel logg, and witness replied : " Well, I never had no use for that man Kellogg." The European War Cloud. The dispatches from St. Petersburg tend to confirm the opinion that Russia is preparing to encounter some more formidable enemy than the Khivans. Preparations for the campaign, the tel egraph announces, are being pushed with great vigor; a force of 50,000 troops additional is being fitted out to be dis patched to Khiva, and a deep feeling of indignation is being stirred up by pub lication of accounts of alleged cruelties practiced on Russian prisoners. Con sidering the relative strength of Russia and of the Khan, it would seem that no extraordinary preparations for the cam paign were required on the part of the former, and the question which suggests iself is whether those preparations be ing pushed with " great vigor" are made to bt ready for an anticipated armed in tervention on the part of European powers. ' A well-to-do farmer died near Law rence, Mass., last week, who, it is as serted, had never had his hair cut since he waa a boy, had never shaved, nor wore a collar. Horrible Story of Suffering at Sea. A most horrible account of want and suffering is narrated by the survivors of the ship Golden Horn, who recently ar rived in New Orleans. This vessel, with a crew of twenty-one officers and men, left New York for San Francisco last February. A stormy passage was en dured nearly through the month of March, but the vessel weathered it well until it reached the Pacific entrance of the Straits of Magellan. Here the sea broke the rudder from its fastenings and carried it away. Another steering appar atus made of spare spars lasted a few days, when that too was lost. The ves sel was then in sight of the rocky inhos pitable coast of Patagonia, against which it soon struck. There was little time for preparation, but three life boats were let down, the compass, guns and ammu nition and a small quantity of provisions put on board, and the crew were divided equally among the boats. On the first day, one boat, in charge of the second mate, was capsized and all on board per ished. After a few days the boat under the captain's charge was swamped, and the crew, together with the captain, went to the bottom. Seven men were now all that remained. It was in June, which answers to our mid-winter. There seemed to be no place for landing, anl there was no hope of obtaining f ocd in case they could land. They had a small bag of crackers soaked with salt water, twenty cans of beef and a little tea, coffee and tobacco. The survivors were put on an allowance of one cracker a day to each man, and a can of beef for the whole number; but as the store grew lower, half a cracker per day, and a can of beef once a week was the full allow ance. They hoped by sailing north, find in their way only bv the aid of the sun and stars, to reach Sandy Point, in the Southern part of Chili. But when their stock of food was so reduced that the men had only a quarter of a cracker a day, they had no strength to mange their boat ; they therefore, landed, built a shelter of sticks, over which tliev stretched the sail of their boat, built a fire, and prepared for the worst. The camp was so small that they could not lie down in it, and to remain out of doors long was to perish with cold. Soon they begun to be sick, first one then another ; their limbs swelled so that they could not wear their clothing in the ordinary manner, and were obliged to wrap them about their legs and arms. Soon the carpenter of the party died, and as they could not dig a grave they earned him into the bushes and laid him down. Soon three others died and were placed by their late companion. Their crackers were all gone. Some one brought some siieil nsli irom the shore, but they proved to be unwholesome. At length, the man " wfeo acted as steward went out into the bushes and returned with slices of meat. Every one knew whence they came, but they roasted them on the coals and eat them in silence. Nearly all of the last body was gone, when a schooner hove in sight, and one man dragged himself to the top of a cliff and waved an inverted flag. The signal was answered by the schooner, which proved to be a seal fisher from the Falkland Islands. The famished men were taken on board and carried to Sandy Point, where the Chilian Government provided for their wants. The U. S. sloop of war, Ossihee, soon came into port, took the men to Rio Janeiro, from whence they were sent to New Orleans. The " Mystery of Edwin Drood." "We mentioned some time since a state ment that a young man was engaged in the completion of the " Mystery of Ed win Drood," writing as a medium, at the dictation of the spirit of Charles Dickens. The medium, we learn further, is a Ger man printer of Brattleboro, Vt., thirty or thirty-five years of age, intelligent, but without genius so far as his friends understand him. He says he has never read a single one of the works of Mr. Dickens, much less the one in course tf publication at the time of the novelist's death ; yet he has reproduced some of the peculiar features of the latter, snd some of his manuscript bears evidence at least of a very good imitation of Dickens' style. We have been shewn letters from two prominent citizens of Brattleboro, both of them disbeherers in spiritualism, and one of them especi ally cautious against all manner of isms, and. they appear to be very much im pressed with the work of the medium as far as it has progressed. One of them remarks that parts of the manuscript are " so unmistakly Dickens' style that no one not blind with prejudice would doubt it" and of course we are re minded that it is one thing to have Dickens' style, and another to have his own work. The medium works three evenings a week, accomplishing eight to ten pages at a sitting, and he calculates or, rather, the spirit of Mr. Dickens does that it will take about six months to complete the mystery. He began on Christmas Eve last, according to the special request of the spirit a period, remarks the latter, " the dearest, holiest to me of all the year when on earth." "We have been shown several pages of manuscript, copied from the original, including the " Dedication," the " Pre face which treats of thy whys and the wherefores," etc., and, to tell the truth, are not particularly impressed with them. Some expressions are in the style of Mr. Dickens, but many more are in de cidedly unlike him ; and the opening pages bearing a striking similarity to the commonplace work of most mediums, being a gushing tribute to spiritualism and a general invitation to the cold, un believing world to embrace the faith. Rochester Democrat. Saved by Soft Soap. One of the most remarkable instances of presence of mind and the virtue of soft soap was shown in Dalton, N. Y., the other day. A man working near a revolving shaft was caught in the main belt and was in a fair way of being clashed to pieces, when a boy standing beside the shaft seized a dipper of soap and threw it upon the belt, causing it to slip, and release the man from certain death. A veby serious disturbance has been caused in American society by the fact that Josephine Mansfield has engaged a pew in the American Episcopal Church, in Paris. She goes to the church every Sunday, and, it is stated, buries her head in her prayer-book with all the de votion of a saint. As the church was established to save souls, there is an op portunity for the American Episcopal Church worth improving.