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-V }i>\^ V /'' v V ' , b\ y^> 1 v A x sj} (A Vv • V //jte'-ii *\\ ’ • /I" f *W,\ ' *s#*. *. )\ >; I . •-£' - ' *Y ^ V; pk PUBLISHED DAILY AND TRi-WELLLV El gIWAR syoy DK38. __ ~' "alkxan I >H 1 A: TUESDAY MORMNvb I^embkk i l*v* “.i* ■ ■ roagicft»< Yesterday both Houses of Congiea* assem bled in the Capitol at Washington In the Senate, Hon. Jessee lb Bright, of Indiana, President pro. tern., took the Chair at 12 o'clock, M A quorum of members was present, and, atter the u*ual prelim* narv busiuess, the Senate adjourned until to-day. • In the Horst or Representatives 22b , members answered to tbeir name>. I he House immediately proceeded t » vote for Speaker, and the following was the result or the four ballots taken * 1st. 2d. 3d. 4th W. A. Richardson, Illinois, 7 4 *4 .4 .2 Lewis lb Campbell, Ohio, b3 oo »•> *• Humphrey Marshall, Ky., 20 30 3*» oO Nathan P. Banks, Mass., 21 22 23 22 Henry M Fuller, Pa., 17 18 IS 17 A. C. M. Pennington, N. J., 7 * There being 113 votes necessary for a choice on the first ballot, and 112 on the last, and no choice having been made, the House, on motion, adjourned, at half past 2 o clock, until to-day at 12 o’clock. Reported Excitement In Kannu. Sr. Lmus November 30.—Me have ac counts from Independence today stating that the armed free Statesmen had attemnted to drive Mr. Coleman, ft proslavery settler, from his claim near Hieory Point Mr. Cole man killed one of his assailant*, when a mob gathered together drove him and settlers ott, and then burnt down their houses. The ring leader in this was arrested hv Marshal donee ft 1 ft I__ .Wft I Ini ArnoP VCIni n. unu tasen . non has called out the militia. Many citizens from Independence, Weston, and St* Josephs have gone to offer their ser vices to the Governor to restore order. 1 he people of Lawrence are in arms, and have five pieces of artillery. A number of houses have been burnt in Douglas county and several families driven to Missouri for refuge. The law and order people of the Territory are rallying in large number* to assist the sheriff'in the execution of the laws Sixteen houses were burnt at Hickory Point and several of the citizens were mise in* . _ . The Presidency. Chief among the subjects which will give employment to the people's represenativcs at Washington, during this session of Congress, will be the Presidency In for mer years the management of this matter was confined mostly to the Richmond Junto, the Kitchen Cabinet, and the Albany Regen C7. That was in the hey-day of Jaeksocism and Van Bureni^m. Latterly, the mender* of Congress, and the politicians at Washing ton, have undertaken the task. It seem* to be understood that those who are most busy ; in arranging preliminaries, attending Con ventions. and making a great noise generally in behalf rf their party, are to walk off with the li'u’s share of the spoils, in the e\ent «>t success. The effect of this understanding!*, that politicians of every grade and every enli tre, from seventy-four pounder statesmen down to cross-road brawlers, are busily en gaged in Presidential intrigues, each one seeming to labor under the profound citnvu* tion, that it is utterly impossible to elect their candidate unless h? ha* had a hand ui nominating him, or has put l»»s finger hi the pie iti one-way or another. -.Nov Am--i\ A S*w blotter. The New York Post says- A discovery has recently been made and brought into practical operation by which the expense of working steamships, stationary engines, Ac., Will be very materially reduced. It consist* in substituting the vapor of bi-sulphuret ot carbon a3 a source of motive power for the ordinary vapor of water a? used in the steam engine. Carbon and sulphur from which the bi-sulphurate of carbon is obtained, are among the most abundant and cheapest arti cles that can be found. The advantage ob tained by the substitution, is an enormous multiplication of power, ns compared with that got from the employment of ordinary steam. Bv repeated experiments, conducted for months pa9t by practical engineers, the re sult of employing bi-sulphuret of carbon was a gain in the proportion of 88* - lo5*0 o.v on the average of all the experiments. Americans in Iiunsla. l>r. McMillan, of Columbus, Ohio, a surgeon in the Russian service, died at Odessa lately, and a Paris letter, in the N. Y. com mercial. in announcing the fact, says. He had been there but a short time. This makes three who have died, while two others, now in Paris, who have returned from there, found their health very seriously compromised by the campaign. This does not, however, prevent others from going, as I have just learned that l>rs. Clark, Weeks and Lake have arrived at Warsaw, on their way to join the army. The three American officers, Messrs. Pela field, Mordecai and McClellan, are now at Marseilles on their return from the allies aide off Sebastopol.— They will commence a tour of inspection of the army and naval es tablishment of France. The Xcu York Caual Closed. The 5th instant was the official day selected by tbo Caual Commissioners for the dose of the canal, but the severely cold weather has already put a stop to the navigation. An at tempt was made on Thursday bv a boat bound West to break through the ice, but af ter forcing its way through it for seven miles from Schenectady, the boat returned to that city. A despatch from Albany says that lie tween Schenectady and Utica it is estimated that there are about 800 boats bound east, all fast in the ice. Another despatch, dated at Utica, eay8 that nearly 1,000 boats are be tween that place and the Little falls, a dis tance of 22 miles. Fredericksburg, Vlr*lu»*. 4*We trust that this noble old Virginia town mav soon enter a career of prosperity worthy of her intelligent ami excellent re de Fredericksburg has been called the only finished town in the American States, and it by finished it meant that the hospitality and other rirtuesofher people cannot be impro ved upon, we readily assent t<> the proposition. In material progress, how ever, we expec S2lrWE5*S a? ““ KiiglUli Follllni After the absorbing interest in every ac •ount and rumor from the Crimea, perhaps t hr t *pic that most generally occupies the at t rntion ot the British public is just now the u tue turn whether Parliament will be dis>*ol u.,p From the sources ot information to i „k,toil we have acotsit appears that a con t iderable desire is felt that its political exn— 1 ;euce should terminate, :tn i that its members i di uM “go upon the country,’ as ttie phrase i i-, and submit their representative conduct « [ • the judgment of tlie electors. The earn * cstne^s with w hich this course is urged by \ several F.nglish journals is some proof of a i decided dissatisfaction, it not a widely- j spread one. in the public mind respecting the conduct of Parliament 01 course the subject of discontent is the manner in which the war is managed, and the inefficient sup port given to its further prosecution; and i this so openly, that it is believed that the F.mper**r *»f Russia can hardly fail to he en couraged b\ -udi a lack of vigor in his cm- 1 mv’s Government. \\ ere there not much excited teeling on this subject, an appeal to the constituency would scarcely be demanded now, when tin* appointed Parliamentary term *»f seven years has nearly elapse*!, ft is very rare that any Parliament has been allowed to - expire by limitation, t he la>t time it occur red was in 1S2»». it we remember aught. It is evident that the censorious tone ot Messrs. Cobdeu. Bright, and others of the peace party, does n*>t coincide with the enthusias tic war feeling which has pervade*! the Bri tish Kuipire. especially since the successful assault on Sebastopol. Indeed, we presume they inav be considered 111 the light *d a turnstile, iio borrow an illustration of .John Randolph's, > which i- “m every body’s way, yet slops nobody Another reason why those holding the reins ot Government and the "supporters of j the Administration may desire a general j election, is the allegation that the war has been conducted feebly, unskilfully. and witii our adequate means. 1 he ministry must feel this, and feel, too, that they stand ar raigned bef re the public as responsible tor the immense lo-s ot valuable lives, the con sequence, in a great mea-ure, *d their negli gence or inability. 1 hey huow that the na tion will require s*»me sort of retribution tor the lamentations which have resounded from one eud of the kingdom to the others and an opportunity may now he afforded for the public verdb-t to place the blame0! this upon the shoulders of that party or of those mem bars who hfiveclogged the wheels oi Govern nu*nt, aud thus -us the Miuishy may a.cue have prevented that vigorous action vshich alone could produce efficient measures au*! a prompt as well a* a sucees-iul result. i here is souie show ot reason in tni- It cun hard* tv he questioned that, in the opening of hos ti 1 ities, 1 Ingland * 1 isregaided the prudent c tu* tioD ol Polooiuf Beware of entrance to a quarrel, but, being in, to bend all her ener gies for the contest, and so t*> bear it that the opposer may hew tire ot her. The civif death of the present Parliament; bv its own expiration is, consequently, an event to be looked to as giving the public voice an opportunity of being expressed in regard t<* the continuance of the war by the choice of Representatives whose opinions 1 are well known on ihe subject 1 bus the ! arms c.f the Government will be strength ened, and hostilities may be prosecuted in the spring with a vigor and on a scale com mensurate with the difficulties to be met and the gigantic enemy to be cope l with, or means of pacification he adopted, should the nation ! be inclined to peace.—A-'/ lut Fn tloiib Position. The Deerfield train when approaching th* bridge* at ( heapside got ofl the track. They had arrived within loo feet of the bridge l he engine**.' and fireman had bare ly time to save themselves by jumping, be fore entering upon the high embankment next to the abutment The engine kept on by the side of the track fill it had crossed the first span of forty feet and had gone about fifty feet upon the -ec md span (about 1,0 feet across) on the bridge carrying away mo*t of rhe :lo*.r timbers, and bringing up with rlie truck and driving wheels resting on the top of the truss frame while the rear part of the engine and tender icmained sus pended owl the rivei on three «*r four bolt?* reaching tri m side to side. I lie forward ( freight car crossed tie* snort span, complete ing the destruction cl its flooring, and when the second came to the edge ot the abut ment. it plunged into the bridge, tailing be t v. Gen the two siii*-** iiiO* t he traveled road be h,w This car was followed bv four others, when the first car which had crossed upon the second span receded amt tell into the chasm with the other* A brakesman came down with one of the car*, fait for- j tunately, and almost miracuh usly, escaped j unharmed. The tire from the locomotive communicated with the wood vvmk, and the destruction of the whole seemed inveitable, but fire companies from Greenfield arrived and quenched the flames. The loss to the bridge is less than t“ the engine, ears and merchandise SG.oOo or $7,000 more.— Fortunately the train was a freight. Had it been otherwise scores of lives must have been tl.ttt - _ Wov/o?.1 .h*H Charlottesville items* The lire engine purchased for tlie? t^wn has arrived, it does not realize the public ex pectation - Large herds of cow3, sheep, and hogs almost daily pass through \ har lottesvilie on their way to market. - --Uwel- j ling houses are in g/ent demand. Several anxiou3 to purchase or rent cannot do so. The population increases faster than suita ble dwellings are erected to supply it. B e arc glad to hear it.-yHey. Alexander Campbell has been preaching in Charlottes ville twice a day for several days past. lie | is now in his 70th year, and speaks with ease. His discourses are generally lengthy, 1 occupying nearlv two hours in delivery, and are listened to with marked attention, i _T,a?t Sunday afternoon in the Baptist Church, the right hand of fellowship was given bv the pastor to about seventy persons received into that church within the preced ing two weeks. Addresses wore delivered on the occasion by Rev. James B. Iuylor uf Richmond, and Rev. John A. l.roadu*. _The people of Albemarle will meet at their Court house next Monday to appoint delegates to the Southern Commercial Con vention which meets in Richmond on the ol ih January, 187)0. Trial of (inn*. The large guns made at the ITedegar works in Richmond for two of the new steam-fri gates have been tested by l . S. officers and proved satisfactory. Not one has burst dur ing the trial, although subjected to every test known to thenicft experienced gunners. For a day or two past they have been tiring two formidable pieces recently cast by order of Government. They design firing each of these guns 1,000 times successively with the usual charge, and if they stand that test they will increase the charge*and continue firing until thev bur*t. The object of this experi ment is to ascertain in which part of the gun the explosion is mo.-t likely to occur, the metal having been graduated iu thickness upon a new plan.—Iiich. h'nn. |.a,l It*i,* Gta t . A New York correspondent says: “Laces diamonds and furs are ‘fixed facts’ for this winter’s regalia. The old yellow . baby caps hid away in our grandmothers’ j trunks are looked up and their ornamentsap : pear on youthful busts. A new article, call- j I ed California diamonds, is selling at half the (price of the Court jewelry. end *hiaee with | equal brilliancy." <;»*»>. Wool m louid for Oregon. W e have already u ticod, somewhat in de- \ ail, the extensive and al trnting Indian in*ur- i t ection in Oregon. The San Francisco Her- o Id of tho 4 tli ultimo say*: »' ' The Indian war which now rages at the ,A lorth, and news of which reached ns by n he last steamer trom Oregon, i* about to u >e grappled a ith by the distinguished veto * >111 commanding the Pacific division with ill the energy characteristic. o( that gallant t dfieer. I tie whole disposable force at the j i lommand of General Wool is to be concert j rated at two points — one division, the <*per- t items ot which General W onl will direct m t verson, at Fort Dalle*, aud tho other at fort t Lane. m 1 “TheGeneral proceeds front this place on 1 Fuesday, on hoard the steamer Columbia, tor i Fort Humboldt, and thenee to fort Dalles, r from which point he will direct the opera- j [ions against the enemy. He take* with him t :he company stationed at the Presidio, uuder 1 command ot Capt. Keyes, aud another com- | : pany front Fort llumb >blt. t'he General i* i iccompartied from this city by Major Cross, ! at the head of the Quartermaster’s depart * nient; Major Towu*enu, assistant adjutant i general; Capt. Cram, topographical ettgi- « neers, and Lieutenants Bonnyca^tle and Ar- ; nold. it is immediate aids. Large quantities | of ordnance subsistence, and quartermaster’s * stores are being shipped on board the l olum Ida tor the use ot the expedition. “There will theu be concentrated at fort Dalles the following force: the company from the Presidio; a company ot tho fourth infan try, trom Fort Humboldt; one company ot - the first dragoon* under command ot Major Fitzgerald, who proceeds trom fort Lane to join the expedition, and all the disposable troops ot the district comprising fort \ .in comer and Fort Dalles, under Major Karnes, win* has already taken the field. “For operations against the Kogue River and neighboring Indians there will concen trated at Fort Lane one company ot the fourth infantry, under Lieutenant l mler vvood, who has orders to proceed trom fort Reading to that place : one company ot dra coons, under Captain Smith, and one com pany of the fourth infantry commanded by Captain Judah, who is already in the held. The utmost activity prevails at lienccia in the embareation of mules, horses, stores, A:c:, and if the steamer were but in readiness, the expedition could start this afternoon, al though the news was only received on 1 burs day night”. Destructive Fire. \ lipril-a /.nf iii rhi4 I'lt V till Saturday morning last, about ~ o’clock, winch, lor a time, threatened to he very destructive. 1' originated in the second story ot the Shak spere House, on Broad street, near t>th street, j kept bv Messrs. 0. \Vr. & R. A. Bradley.— The entire tenement, (brick and three stor ies high) was destroyed, together with the stock of furniture, liquors, 3c., belonging to the establishment; the proprietors having barely time to escape in their night-clothes, before the entire building was enveloped in dames «>no of the boarders bad to jump from the third story to a shed in the rear, in ol der to save himselt. The house bilooged to Mr. Jas. M. Winston, and was insured for $3,000 i.» the office of Mutual Assurance So ciety of this city, winch sum thought to he its full worth The Messrs. Bradley were insured for $1,500, but estimate their loss at about $11,500. The ad joining tenement, at the corner of Gth and Broad streets, occupied as an apothecary store, by S. M. Zaehrisson 3 Co., was also grealv damaged by tire, winch caught on the roof and extended to the sec ond door, and through that to the “tore be low. The entire stock of the medicines was nearly ruined by the water thrown in to pre vent the spread of the fire, ami the removal and breakage which ensued. The loss here was <piite large; but it is thought the insur ance ($5,000) will very nearly cover it - This tenement belonged to the estate of the late .fames Beale, and was also insured in the Mutual Office for some m t how ever, its full value. Over the store occupied by Messrs. Zach ri.-son 3. Co., two families resided in tbe sec ond and (ini d stories -one *»I them, (that of Mr. Henry Non (iroening,} lo*«t about 7*13)00 in furniture, clothing, vVc. -1 he other family (that of Mr. Kidiken,) also lost, in furniture, 3c., some two or three hundred dollars. Neither of these gentlemen had an insurance on their pro} erty. A frame building, immediately in rear ui the Messrs. Zaehrisson 3 Co., occupied by Mr. Wallenstein as a family residence, wax somew but injured by the tire, which burnt a part of the roof. This huildingalsu belonged , to the estate of the late dames Beale.—Jtic/t. b'nq. _ (Oral Fire In Chicago. Immense 1 h struct tun <] I'topertp. About three o’clock. yesterday, (Monday) afternoon, the cvipola of the immense brick warehouse on River street, owned and occupied by M. O. Walker, was discovered to be on fne, and tbe alarm promptly given, but before the engines could reach the scene ot destruction the entire building was in flames, burning w ith a heat so fieice that it was almost im •* • , L I C „ a fr possinie wiumi o»«o « ... The upper stones contained ti large amount of wool, owned by Allen Vane, esq., and the cellar was about hall tilled with barrels of whiskey. The hin-t for grain were between these, and only partially tilled with oats, so that all portions of the building were on tire at tbe sametime, making a grand and fearful sight. 'Hie building was erected last vear. and was one of the most costly and largest waiehouses in tbe West. In the midst of the excitement and uproar attendant upon tbe tire, it is, of course, impossible to ascertain tbe aim lint of losses and insurance, but we have heard tbe total of damages variously estimated nt trom $100,000 to $150,000. The building is valued at from $di),i>00 to $ ;.i*,0o0. The tire is said to have been caused by tho friction of tbe gearing attached to the elevator in the cupola. The books and papers were all saved. Chtrttf/o 7V< I* line A or. ’JS. Lnial Warrants. Land warrants are very inactive, ami there seeips no disposition on the part of tho deal- i ersto purchase, excepting to till orders. The supply continues to increase, an I it is pre sumed that large numbers will be offered during the coining week by members at.d others, who will receive them from their constituents tor sale. Those f>r 120 acres j are much more dull of sale than the *0*8 and Inn’s although they are four to five cents per acre lower. They are rarely used excepting by parties who locate in large quantities.— TheNlemand to supply settlers will gradually decrease until spr.ng. In the mean time capitalists arid speculators will buy at the low figures that will rule through the winter months, and which will somewhat exhaust the large is.-uo of the Pension office. The quotation of Lnited States stock being about three per cent lower, is owing to the closing of the booksou the 1st instant, on which day all interest due on the 1-t proximo is carried to the credit of the par y in whose name the j stock stands. Thus the* buyer during this month will not commence to draw interest un til after the 1st proximo. — Xat. hit. T7HRXJSH—Coach. No 1 Copal, Japan. ^ tniuick Drying, White Copal. White Pe ru ir, and Canada Balsam Varnish, part just re reived, and Tor sale, bv JOHN LFAPBKaTER Stabler sold stand. Nos •> & 7, South, Fairfax st j 12th mo. 4_____ boxes Ienglish dajry cheese, 1)1 I uui revived, and for salt by Vn5v 2* X). IflJME * CO. Dcinocrnlic fau< ti*. At a meeting oi democratic members ot 1 ip Thirtv-f >urth Congress, bold in the ball ; t tie* House of Representatives on the even- i ig ot the 1st ot December, 1S.V’», lion. Geo. f. Joins, of Tennessee, was elected chair lan, and Hon. W. H. English, of Indiana, ml Thomas Ruffin, of North Carulian, were i looted secretaries. The following lesolutioii, introduced by Ion. .J. Glaricy June.-, of Pennsylvania, was oaniinously adopted : 7iV.*o/iv>/, That tin* democratic members of be House ot Rcpre.-entatives, though in a etnp >rat v minority in thi* body, deem this a it occasion to tender to their follow-citizens f the whole Colon, their heanhdt congralu* ations on the triumph, in the recent election nseveral of the northern, eastern, midwest rn, as well as southern States, of the priuei des of the Kansas Nebraska bill and thedoc rii.es ol civil and religious liberty, which lave been >o violently assailed by a i ecret political order known as the know lotliing party; and though in a minority, we odd it to be our highest duty to preserve our »rg mizmionaud continu** our etlorts in the uaintenance and detence ot those principt«*s uid the constitutional rights ot every section uid every class ot citizens against their op ponent" of every description, whether the so ulled republicans, know-nothings, or tusioti sts; and to this end, wo look with confidence o the support and approbation of all good indtrue men—friends ot the constitution and .he l nion throughout the country 'flic meeting then procee le 1 to select can didates for the various offices connected w ith die organization of the House, when the fol lowing gentlemen were nominated by accla mation, viz : For Speaker — lion. W . A. Richardson, ol Illinois. For Clerk — A. D. Bauks, ot \ a. For Sergeant at Arms—A. .1. < Jloshbrenner, ji Penn. For Doorkeeper— /. \\ . McKnew, of Mary land. For Postmaster—John M. Johnson, ot \ ir ginia. For Public Printer—Cornelius W endell, ot New York. GEO. W. JONES, Chairman. \V. H. English, > v , •. > Secretaries. 1 ho.mas Bitkin, j Scenes in Norfolk. The corporation court of the city has been in session during several days ot tins week, and the appearance ol things there is touch- , ing in the extreme. Norfolk has had the sad fortune to exhtbir (luring the present year several peculiar in stances of unprecedented competition First, ue had tin* struggle tor coffins. Applicants were often pressing their claims tor the bu ] ial of members of their families, their friends, or dependents with almost trantic urgenee.and showing reasons for precedence, all of which were truly imperative. Then there came the struggle tor bread. Ikiv by day were the doors of the Howard Association besieged during business hours l.y the motley throng—the widow, the father less and the helpless -seeking the ticket which would procure lor them the necessaries of life. All colors all nges, and some times all conditions, were blended into one inharmonious whole; and the eagerness vv.th which relief was sought, manifeste 1 that hea vy indeed was the undiscriminating hand of affliction. And now we have another struggle tor pre cedence. Such is the unusual thronging at the bar of the City Cuuit of applicants for administration upon the estates ot decedents, for probate of wills, guardianship and other concomitant qualifications, that the widowed and orphaned again meet in a jostling crowd. The saddened mourner is detained for hours in the fulfilment of painful eerimonials, amidst the personal inconvenience resulting from the common anxiety of the hundreds who are intent upon the same melancholy errand. God grant that these may he the closing scenes of the great tragedy we have witness ed' May the descending curtain drop final ly upon the woes of Norfolk' She has drain ed her cup to the dreg*; and it may he meet that it should part from her lips forever. Our God of merev does not utterly destroy. A0/7 ///, 1, It It 114' Ik III lilt- M t ItlieNOt H. At twenty mu tiles past two u clock the last impediment was removed, tiud tun'd the booming of cannon and the loud exulting shouts of the assembled thousand*, lirst slow ly and hesitatingly, and then with one grace ltd dash, the Minnesota embraced the ele ment of which sin* is destined to ia* so distin guished aii ornament. In accordance with time-honored usage, before the ship readied the water Mins Susan L. Mann,a young lady of this city, approached.*d tim bow. and in due form baptised the noble vessel, giving her the name of “Minnesota.” The headway of the vessel was soon checked, and do* came to anchor some live hundred yards distant from !n*r place of birth. There were two bottles of wine pro duced in honor of the occasion, the first glass • of course being tendered o> Miss .Mann. In stead of offering n sentiment, as urn expect eti, she east a timid glance towards li »n. Mr. Rice, of Minnesota, w ho gallantly came to her rescue. In a tew remarks, which were loud ly cheered, be t'> 1 • 1 the crowd how delighted the people of his territory were when they heard that this noble ship was to be named the Minnesota, and their hearts and their hopes would go with her to the r.io>t distant parts of the world We may add, bv way of conclusion, that the water used in christening the ship was brought to this oitv from Minnesota river t• v o • r • Hon Mr Rhe.— / mon. Sclenllfli Kiosluii Oiticer*. The London Times ot the 0th instant, in one of its leading editorials, expresses itself in tho following terms of the superior efficien cy of the officers of the Russian army: “Nothing has come out more cleaily in the \ course of this wai than the high military and scientific character of the Russian officers.— Through a trial of unexampled severity they have shown themselves in every way worthy of the confidence of their master, and of the reputation of a gr^at military monarchy.— Ardent in attack, undaunted in retreat, full of skill, energy, and resources under all cir cumstances, masters of the three languages of the three belligerent Powers, it makes one shudder to reflect what such a band of officers might accomplish ifsupported by troops wor thy of such leaders. The Russian army, like our own, is officered by gentlemen, but by gentlemen who have not merely the rank and courage of their class, but its education and its acquirements. W bile poor General Simpson cannot even attempt a single word of French, a vast number of the Russian army speak our language as well as our<elve«.— Their scientific defence was a silent satire i n our rude attack, and the superiority in skill of the champions of barbarism over those of civilization is written in our best blood.” Scarcity of Klorxr* in Eurupe. A correspondent of the Spirit of the Tim writing from Pari*, remarks on the state of the London horse n.arket as follows: “Ladie-h saddle horses are not to be had, neither are e irringe horses, which will sur prise you. lo thirteen days’search 1 could not find a decent pair at any price. If this war la^ts another year the Europeans will be inporting horses irom America, and it w:ll be well worth the attention of your farmers and breeders to raGe large horses, sixteen hands, tit to draw a heavy carriage or carry a heavy man. .Good saddle horses for gentlemen are still to be found by paying . for them ; a first rat# ons stands you $300. Having been cU**pl> aggiieved by '<»udf\ umoi- which have been current »n this city. c md elsewhere, since the recent Hie. by which uV\|,»re vva.- hnrnl. and during the progiess ol < aiiich many valuable lives were h>.-t. ! teel it U> • h* my duty, as it is my privilege, thus publicly Co v indicate my character. As >«»on as it w as i intimated to ine that these rumors were in » circulation, and that l was suspected ol having i ^t ii,e to my store. I endeavored To ascertain • ill ihe grounds upon which the suspicions m the » public "were based, and 1 determined to seek Hie most searching investigation ol every charge j made against me. Accordingly, on Monday. ! the path nil . I addressed a lettei To the vlayoi. who. being the Chief Magistrate ot the city. 1 seemed to be the proper peison to whom such * an application should be made, asking tor a judicial investigation, in which 1 might meet t the public face to lace, and encounter in lair | contest every charge and suspicion which might i he preferred against me. I could only Mfk. could not compel such an investigation. Tor reasons set tortli in the Mayor s reply, annexed to this statement, my request was not com plied with. Having understood that an investigation ol the whole subject was in progress. 1 awaited the result, know mg that the coin iction ol the guilty party would be the most -atislac'oiy acquittal ol myself. That investigation, however, not having as \et resulted in anything definite, and Die rumors referred to not having been silenced. 1 teel it to he my duty to submit the lollovving statement, explanation, and evidence to the pub lic, and to ask tor them a fair and impartial con sideration. The details I propose to give ol the evening previous to the lire are distinctly remembered, having been called to my mind on the morning alter their occurrence In the slimmer ot the firm ot l urner Dowell, ot which l was a member, purchased the stock of goods belonging to dames 1’. Ninth. At the time of this purchase, the stock ot goods ( was insured to tlie amount ot ten thousand dol lars. which insurance was transterred to our firm. We subsequently iusiiied lor the turthei sum ol live thousand dollars. (jruee thousand dollars on the goods m the trout building, and two thousand dollars on the goods in the back warehouse.) We occupied till our dissolution, and since then 1 have continued to occupy, Mr. Smith > old stand 1 he trout room oil ihe second tlooi was reserved by Mr. Smith ior his ow n use, as a counting room. 1 he house w as owned by Mr. Smith About two months ago, an unsuccessful eth*rt was made to burn the store. Theieupou. Messrs, d I’ Smith and S. K Adams advised me to increase my insurance, as my stock ol goods ar that time \\a^ supposed to be worth eighteen or twenty thousand dollars, and my available insui ance not Leung «>\,*r thirteen thousand live hun I i-o.! ,int i mi-< Thf* an.,. T, ii. the back warehouse not being worth over live hundred dollars 1 did not think such additional insurance neces sary. and. therefore, followed the advice given reluctantly. 1, however insured for five thou sand dollars more On Friday evening, the !0th nit , about the usual Time, mv clerks le!t the store and I closed the doors, leaving everything in its usual ordei 1 crossed the street to Miss Jarmey's boarding house, nearly opposite my store, where l boatd ed .Near the door l met .Mr .1. 1* Smith, who asked no* to return to the sTore and let linn put away his books, which he generally kept there 1 went with him, and immediately letuined to my hoarding house It was then between kail alter live and six o’clock 1 went mto the par loi and remained there until -nipper v\as ready, which vv as hall-past six. o’clock. Alter suppei 1 vv cut ovei to the store for my umbrella. * Finding it broken, I j ettimed to Miss Janney s ior my o\ ei coat—a slight rain was falling at the time 1 tbeii went to the City Hotel, to send by the Lee.-, burg stage a box ot goods purchased on that day, which 1 was directed to torward without i delay. This was about a quartet beloie seven o c 1 o c 1, Not -eemg tht* -tage driver, I walked down to Peel \ Steven-' Apothecary store, adjoining the l.oihi* lecentlV occupied by me. A> I was going in. someone lernarked that a man was at ; my- doo: trying to get in l went out an I louiid the person to be .Mr. Samuel Cover, ol Lou dot in county, who vv a> here attending the Friend* Quarter!v .Meeting, and who hud called to see me. We talked together for a lew moments, > and Then went into tin* Apothecaiy store We remained there together toi upwaitlso! an houi A little aftei eight o'clock, Mr Cover asked me to go with him To Chatham > stable, where he had a >ick horse. The ( ity Hotel being on toe way. 1 went that tai With mm. and we went into the Hotel together. I again enquned mr the stage draver—he vv ;i> not in. Alter talking with Mr Cover for a tew moments, not a qu.ir ter ot an hour, we separated, and I returned to j my boarding Ionise. 1 went immediately to mv room and reinaimed tlieie u short time, pei haps a quartet ol an hotn . I then went down to the pallor, where I remained until nearly half alter nine o’clock. 1 then went to my room and was engaged m reading a blunt time, perhaps a quartei of an hour, when I agjin stalled to the City Hotel to attend to lorwaiding the box I have aheady mentioned . but. on teaching the passage, I savv that it was neaily ten o clock, and <»u account ot the lateness ol the hour, returned to mv room an i went to bed. I did not leave j m\ room again until the alarm ol me which aroused me Horn sleep l iie \alue ol my property m the store at t e time ol the tire. vva> at least seventeen thousand tiv e bundled dollars. Ill jllOOI in llIC ;imiU' M<llClliri||, i ir.ri IK uir accompan', mg alhdaviH, tin* hearing and upp!i cation of which I proceed to show It i' proved bv Muitn and Steel,*, that no niceiidi irv pieparatioiin had been made in m\ store at \> o'clock • »n the evening oi ihe m,*. and bv .Messis. Neeb* and Jamieson that I was i not out oi their view tor any halt hour h»tvv»*en ' t o'clock and the usual time tor clo-mg tlm store, except once w hen I went to the wharf. It is pioved hy Mi. Steele that, according to his impleS'tou, I lelt the store immediaUdv aftei he did-- between halt after live and 'ix v* clock . It I, p loved by Mi Smith, that he >*av\ me leave the store and cross the 'Meet towards Miss Jatmey's before six o'clock, and that after going hack to my 'toie vvtth him, I returned towards Mi" Janney’s It I*, proved by Miss Hutcbi'On, tliat I went into the parlor before 'ix o'clock, and that l re mained there until the oidmarV clipper hour which was halt alter mx o’clock It is proved by Mr. Sinclair that I vvas at the ( ity Hotel, sometime between bail aitei six and seven o’clock, and ttiat I rernamed there some ten or filteen minutes. It is proved by Mr IVel that I wasut ins store with Mr («over. troiu about seven o’clock, till probald v a qtiaifer alter eight o'clock. It i' proved by Mr. Sinciaii that l w as again at the ('ity Hotel with Mr Hover, about ijuar- ; ter or hall after eight o’clock, and that 1 vvas i engaged in conversation there with Mr. Hover for some minutes It is proved by Miss Hutchison that l vvas at Miss Januey’s at about hall alter eight o’clock, that I then went up stairs, that in fifteen * r ; twenty minuses I went down to tiie parlor, that 1 l remained there Mil about ha!, after nine o'clock, that I then went up om\ room, and that inie-s than hall an hour. 1 went down again, an.l in a few moments returned to m\ room. It is proved by Mis* Jamie) that I was at -uj* per at the regular hour on the night of the tire, that I went To my room before feu o’clock, and that I could not have lelt it again, befoie eleven o’clock without the tact being known. It is proved by Mr. Scott tliat a light vvas burning in my stoi** soon alter ten o’clock, and that tiie preparations tor the destruction of pro pert) which he *aw on the second door only, could not have been made in les- than halt an hour. It is proved hy Mr. Smith that he and others, suggested the increase ot insurance, and that my stock ot goods at the time of the tire, amounted to seventeen thousand live hundred, or eighteen thousand dollars. It is proved hy Mi Jones that I was at topper °n the night ot the fire, that I vvas in the parlor about a quarter before nine o’clock, that I wa-. m my room before ten o'clock, that he was sit ting up reading till the cry of tire was heard, that he occupied a room adjoining mine, that l could not have gone our without his hearing me. j and that after tht alarm, I followed him out. I'jij,. | have lor mysrli, loi nI\ o ,iii!\ anti my conduct. during every hall hour j ^iwe.'ii ill fee o dock, on the ev euing ot the l»»lh >1 ,\i»vember and eleven o clock ol that m^ht it >eenis to be universally stated and believed, hat the prepaiatoms made by the incendiary, mist have occupied an hour or more, my state ment, and the ev ulence to support it. ought to be sufficient ielufatioi. ol the charges I have been VVI.al limn- .'an i l>- «*X|h-ctftl t.. u would be worse than fruitless to go into he consideration Ot inferences and theories, v hieh must he boundless, not only in number. ,ut also in variety I will, therefore, only add, „ this connection, that 1 am prepared to meet, hough 1 cannot anticipate any and every inler •uce and theory mat may he suggested, and that arn now, have all along been, and shall con mue to be. at hand, ready to meet and defend ny character against any and all charges that rave been, or may hereafter be made against it. j I have now made my statement and my expia tion. and I have presented my proof Whether n not this publication will be satisfactory to he public, l know not. lor l appreciate the dil- ; field ties under which a man must labor, who , it tempts to prove himself innocent of a crime perpetrated hi darkness. \ et I have ail abiding , confidence m the maturity o! public sentiment, I .tud if I do not henceforth stand acquitted, l can ,111y await TIn* developments of the tuture. ami ( with the consolations ol a clear conscience look , lor the final triumph ol ft nth. JOHN T. DOWKLL. Alexandria, December id. 1 *r». James /\ Pmirh's Jjtfiduvit. I sold my entire stock of China. Class, and Kart her, ware, to Turner ^ Dowell, in July. 1-ol 1 have since occupied, a-* a counting room, a j part of the second story ot the bunding recently • occupied by J. T. Dowell. a> a store. I am the ; owner ol that building. At the time of the pm chase named, I assigned to Turner & Dowell a policy ol insurance amounting to $10,UU'». He aftei wards insmed for the further sums of j ijimj on the goods in the front,and $d.<>00 on the good-- in the rear building. I think there had not been of the value of $5u0 in the hack ware house ioi some time prev ious to the last iiisiii auce made by Mr. D. About two montbsago, it appeared that an at- j tempt had been made to set lire to the store. I j with others, advised Mr. Dowell to imreasehis insurance. With difficulty we prevailed on him to do >o. He at length agreed to insure tor the additional sum ot >00. His stock at* that j time amounted to eighteen or twenty thousand dollars. as estimated by me. it hail been re-| dneed when the lire occurred, a> l nave satisfac torily ascertained, to about seventeen thousand ; five hundred dollar. It may, however, have amounted to more. Mr. Dowell was engaged m negotiations tor a partnership ami the enlargement ot his business, when hi> >toie was burnt I Know new as ion- | versing with one ol the* pal tie- on the subject, on ! the day before fin* Hie 1 was in my counting i room on the second story ot tin* building as late j as three o'clock ontheevening ol the nre. livery ! thing appeared as usual l lett the house and leturned about halt alter live o dock, oi a 1111h* later l saw .»Ii Dowell leaving tns store and crossing the street, going ( to nis hoarding house He returned with meat tu> request, to deposit** my books, which I lett at ins "toie We then separated. I went home, and Ml Dowell towards Miss J aline v s tliven under my hand this first day ol Decern- ; l«, isftf., JAMKs I1 SMITH Sl.ui: or Virsima. ) T. , , * 10 \llt Alexandria < oi\n, \ Sworn t.. baton* the undersigned, a Justice oi ! the Peace in the county a!ore>aid (iiveii undei my hand this 1st day ot Decern j her I8.r).r». RoRF.KT HI’ XT HR J P Jutlu3 II S[rtl< ' Jjfiihivtt. I was a clerk in J. 1 Dowell 8 Store. On Frnl.iv the loth iii'f , we were not doing much business 1 lememher going into the second stor) to till an order about two o'clock, P. M. Kvery tlnng appeared to he about as usual at that time Alter that 1 think. I saw Mr. Dowell each hall an boil throughout the atternoon, un til we ciOstd the S: if. which was "Ome where about halt alter live n chub. We were together ! nearly all oi that atternoon. Mr. Robert da n.ieson. another derk in the establishment, was J with ms also Mr. Dowel! went down to the j win! once in (tie course ol Tin- altenioon. Ai tei 1 lelt tin* Stole it is illV impression. though ■ I am mire. I stopped for a short time oil the corner ibove. and saw Mr Dowell leave the Store and cioss the sheet, and go oxer towards hi" hoarding house. iiixen under my hand tins .loth day ot No yembei. i s.».» dAS. \\ . S| KKI.K. Stats ot V.R.IIMA, >tl)Ult ; 1 ol M V ol Al.KX \NDKIA V Sxvoiii to hetore the mideisigned. a Justice ol • the Peace in the Comity alore>dhl. (iiveu under tn\ hand this .'loth day ol No vi tuber ts:.r, (HAS P SHAW J P Kt'i'c'i'ti Jiiiiut y >. 'jfulucit. 1 keep a hoarding in»ii"e nearly opposite Mr d 1 Dowell's Store Mi Dowell boards w ith 1 me. On Frida) evening beiore the burning ot hi> Store, lie w a-, at "Uppei at the Ueiial time.! which was about halt altei six o’clock. He tween hall altfi eignt and nine o dock tliat night. he came into the parim. I was lying on tin* sola, and went to sleep *um alter became in. I e m xt H:ing I knew ol him lie was going up staii" a little beiore ten o’clock His room is 1 over the pat lor. and l distinctly heard iutn pull i nil ins hoots "oon alter lie went up It is m\ habit to ascertain whether or not all .... t . .... I . . ... .... > a. 1 I I' t L.u .1 -A/,,.' I I At ‘■eivaut informed me that night, that alt wen* in I am .-lire Mr Dovvrll did not leave the house attec ten o clock I was up till eleven o'H.m k 1 d.» not think any one could have opened and c!o>ed tin* door> and have gone out v. ithout ‘■nine one mg him The doors were all fastened to.it night I he .mly oullef hack is J plat by the kitrht n dooi that outlet was clo i >ed an ! locked lii.it night Mr Dowell has boarded with me six or seven months am! ha- always been irguiar in bis hours. (»i veii undei m\ h.uul this .'mth day ol No Vember lbfib KKBKCCA JANXKV. Sr A l K UF VlKUlNlA, ) .. . • to w it. ( OL N I V OF A LKXASDIilA. \ Sworn to before the undersigned a Justice of; the lVaee m the ( ounty aioresaid Civen under my hand this ‘tUth day of No \ember l&jf» (’HAS P sHAW.J P .1 (i. Si in lun s *ijjtiioiif I am a clerk at the City Hotel On the 10th | ol November, between bait past six and seven o’clock in the evening J. 1’ Dowell came to the i iry Hotel, mid inquired h*r the stage driver on : the Leesburg line i be stage had not then ar* ; imd Mr. Dowell remained about ten or tit teen minutes i think, and then left. He alter- j w urds returned about hall past eight o'clock, fit may not have been quite so late.) and repea- ' ted ins inquiry The stage had come in, but 1 do not know w hethei or not he saw the driver j 1 saw him talking with Mr. Cover, ol Loudoun ' - I ounty, lor a short time. There weie many persons present at the time. I do riot know i when Mr. Dowell but the second tune He ire- t ijiiciitly came up to send and receive packages | by the drivvr on that line. v*i v eu undei my hand this 1st day ot Decem ber I ** V» A C SINCLAIR SlAIKOl VlHKlMA. / Coi'.wv OF Al.KX A NOKIA, tj ° " ^ Sworn to beiore the undei signed, a Justice ot • the Peace in the State and County aioiesaid. (iiven undei my hand this !>* day ot Decern her. i (’HAS P sHAW.,1 P II -l .‘IjJiilui'it. 1 board Witi, Miss Rebecca Janney'. Mr. J. 1. Dowell. aUo boards there. He was at >up ! per on the night ot the lPth iust. 1 mink it was about a quarter before tune n ciork .vhen Mr Dowell came in the parlor ! was reading and did not notice particularly, but i I suppose he w as theiea halt an hour or there- * abouts. I there unti! nearly ten o’clock i in going to my room i pa-.-ed Mr Dowvil’.s door. 1 saw a light in his room. B“t as 1 was reading an interesting book, I did nor as l Ire quently do, go m My room joins his. Alter being in my room ten or fifteen minutes, I heard Mr. Dowell pull oli his boots, as I supposed from the noise I remained in my room read ing until the alarm of fire I did not go out im mediately. When 1 went down I unlocked al,< opened the door, and wa.« met by surhadei.r *moke that I clo-ed it again. WhiLt I u„ standing there Mi Powell and Mr Fountain, low’ll stairs. I told them ot the smoke o, r >t them remarked that they Would have to Fhey rushed out. and I followed Mr. U>vve went up the street. I went down Iherewa*,,., hla/e or light visible where we weie and cui ipiently we did not know where the f,re Va. I do not think Mr. Powell could have *ul . out alter I went lip to my room without ri knowing it. Given under my hand this doth Jay ot \ ,irf) her. 18.™. W.M A’ JO\F> State or Yikoinia. i County ok Alexandria, y " v'-’ Sworn to betore the undersigned, a Iumu> the Peace in the County aforesaid. Given under my hand this doth day 0| \ vember. ISf.fi. ' (’HAS. P SH.UV I p Henry Ptel'i Affidavit I am one ot the firm ot Peel \ Sr* . wholesale Druggists, occupying the Store joining the building recently occupied h\ J [ Powell as a China Store. On Friday evening, the Pith ult, Mi .1 j Powell, was in our store, in company with M 9 Samuel Gover, ot Loudoun county lion, seven o’clock until alter eight o clock probab\ till a quarter after eight. 1 usually return r the Store about seven o’clock Mr li„Wr came in on the occasion mentioned abo it ' time I returned Given under my hand this doth Jav oi \ , vember. I bo.O. HF..\ K\ PFFI. State of Virginia, ^ County ok Alexandria. \ " Sw'oin to betore the undersigned a * the Peace in the County aforesaid Given under my hand this .>nh day oi \ , vember. IbOfi. ( HAS. P SHAW .1 |* Roi>ert JinnitH/n >. 1/fidai if. I was a clerk in Mr. J. 1 l>ow>H s store m til the tire on the pith ot November l vvanu the Store on the evening of that day till t;.. usual hour tor closing the doors l am satisfied that Mr. Powell was not out ot my Mgbt tm half an hour between three o’clock and halt d ter liv e No preparations for the burring of the Store could have been made before nr. hour, without being liable to the ohserv a\,,, any customer who might come in. a', the vv:.o - house was open Irom bottom to top. Mr. Poweil was in conversation or. the .Lv betore the lire, with one ot the parties wc.. whom he contemplated a partnership, to take -■ feet on the let of January next Given under my hard this did day ot Peceu ber. lb.™ KOBT. JAM1K.S0N h Sr A IF. OF I’lktilSlA ) .. . • to w ,t ( ot niy ot Alexandria y Sworn to betore the undersigned, a Justice t, rl.u Paji'S in fi .. I'minfv ill 9 Given untiei rnv hand thi* drd *t<%v ol IWen her. lbh.V WM. X BROWN J p Sylvester Si idt .» *ijfidut t(. I live on Fairfax street. The vard attache! t«* my house extends to the rear of the Stair re cently occupied by J I Dowell Or Frida* night the frith ot Novembei about hve or tr minutes alter ten o clock. I walked out into nn yard, and saw a light m Mr Dowell > St«.r shining on the lower part of the middle bit window in the second story I think it did i. - extend over one-third ol the wind >u 1 jeturt cd to the house and went to bed. 1 was aroused by the alarm ot /ire As sogi as l could do so I went to the tire 1 went dow the alley in the rear ot the front warehouse, and there saw two ol the City Watchmen 1 a*kr< them it 1 should break open the door i he\ said not. 1 then ran around to the Hunt. ai.: there saw'Mr Dowell who unlocked the trout door. We entered. 1 with others, immedia'elj went upstairs. 1 think Mr Dowell went with us. The third story w av all in dam*** From the manner in which the tire caught on the steps from the third story down. 1 was satisfied they were saturated with some inflammable fluid. 1 mw tram* of powder and candlewic* saturated with camphene, laid about, in sue:: away, that all would be on tire at one tune ' do not think the arrangement* I saw could hav been completed in le>s than a half horn 1 ho not see into the third story T: 1 ‘ the Me wa> * i > due d. Given under iiiv hand this 1st dav of Deceit her. In.'i'i. SYLVESTER SCOTT Statk of VnmiMA. ) , . . > to Wit ( oL'MV OF ALF&ANDKIA, > Sworn to before the undersigned, a Justice • the Peace in the County afnre*aid Given under my hand this l**t day ol Deem her. 1855. (HAS. P SHAW d P Alexandria, \ a., Nov. I*.*, Is.';* This i* to certify tliat the undersigned w .i with .1 T Dowell, on Friday night last lion about fifteen minutes before seven until titter minutes pa*t s o’clock, P M S A GOVKR Alexandria Cf.i nty. to wit The above affirmed to before me this * dav of November. I ROBERT HCM F.R l P Mcytti Hoc* 1.1 dii fn Jiihn I lJoUth Mayor * Offh f, Alfa a., i a / Nov ember I s \ J. T. Dovvfli., esq. Siu —Your letter of the lhth inst vva>* duh received, which i have on more than one o« ra sion verbally mtormed you, and at the same time said to you. that l had no authority to institnt nor could you obtain the legal investigaMon '* muuded ot me, without vou were under .in**' and 1 have no cause at this time to change niv opinion. You say that vague rumors conned you with the late "awtill catastrophe, wind. ha> Letalleii this .community. 1 have no cot trol over public opinion, let it [Hunt to waorn • ' may in connection with the late sad calainitv Whi n you inloi med tue ot the charges agaii: you, I took that occasion to invite ot vou a the testimony that you had. to be sent before me. exculpating you from the rumors complair ed of. ami w hich I presume, from the course pm sued by you. after that invitation by citing a* you diil to us and coming with persons yo tully availed yourself. To say when enquire-, and examination into the origin, cause or motive ot the late tire will close, is impossible, certain |y not so long a- I occupy my present pon*iot» to the people ot this community, or that there exists a possible chance of bringing to [iistice fh»* fiend who perpetrated the damnable act Tom obedient servant, liF.O. F WISH, Mayor Cyiithui J. Hutchison s JijfidavU. I live with my aunt. Miss Rebecca Jannev Mr. J. T Dowell boards with her. On the evening of the ldth inst.. let ween half alter to** and six o’clock he came into the parlor where ! was sifting in company with several of the hoarders. Mr Dowell remained there until *up per. About half after eight o’clock, 1 heal ! him come in and go up stairs. Fifteen or twen fy minutes aftei he carne into the parlor I left the parlor soon after nine o’clock. Ab>»«t twenty minutes or half an hour after, I heard Mr Dowell go to hi- room I think it wa* hardly halt an hour alter when 1 heard him come down again In a lew moments I heard him t > back to his room If was nut then ten o clock His room door makes a peculiar noise when closed. He would nece»;trily pa-s the door of the room occupied by rny aunt and mv'-eb In going down I could hear him pa-.- very tmctly I do not think any one could pass down Horn his room without being heard. liiven under my hand this doth day ot V' V ember, ls.Mi. CYNTHIA J HITCH ISON Statk of Viium.su. ( Ut vur (’or.NTY of Alki.vndru, ) Sworn to before tbe undersigned, a insure the Peace in the County aforesaid invert under my hand this doth day oi No vember, 1&>5.— it CHAS P SHAW S P ' | | BBLS. OIL— bbls. Tailtiei s Oil 10 • Shoe f> *■ Bank *» f» *4 Solar 5 “ Train s' for tale, by d?c 4 K INCHKLOF. it HKl’IN. C- 1UMBKRLAND LUMP COAL, v.ry / rior, ior **1« fcy W. A. DUXIAN. nov I# L'n.on v'