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j ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.
a, | ... : ? WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9,1876. . AmoDg the bills passed in the Virginia Sen ate last Monday was one to auieod the law iu relation to ohain gangs so as to provide that any person sentenced to the chain gang, who shall by force or violence escape Irotn the per son in charge of the same, shall be confined in jail not exceeding one year, and shall be re quired to work in such chain gang for such portion of such period as shall be determined , by tlie-judge who origiually sentenced him. It' j the escape be without force or violence, the & -pawn shall, after serving out his first term of v ^oobmemsot, be ooufiued in jail one month, l^kl : shall during that period continue to work , in the chain gang. i ^ i ??i ^ *?; ?> 1 ' . ' " " < ? I I ? I ? The Democratic majority in the House, so the Washington Republican says, makes no concealment of its design to attempt to impeach President Grant in Ihe event of the conviction of General Babcock." There is a pretty good chance then of an another impeachment, for District Attorney Dyer, in opening the case yes terday in St Louis, claimed that it would be shown that Gen. Babcock had not only a knowl ' * * eclge of* th? operations of the Ring, but that ho aided the conspirators and received money for his services. Nearly the entire statl'of the White House has been called to St. Louis as witnesses. The President has thus been loft without any ot his secretaries. He has designated as secretary pro tempore his son U. S. Grant, jr. It is un derstood that Wm. A. Cook, the criminal law yer, of Washington, wa3 sent after yesterday, by the President, who engaged his services to assist in defense of Babcock. Cook left for St Louis to-day. The Richmond correspondent of the Peters burg Index says: "Lieutenant Governor Thomas denies that he is writing a novel. He admits, however, that Jhe has entertained the idea of writing his twenty ' yeAr?*fexperience in the Senate. That's Terry old; Talk about twenty years' experience in ' 1 the Senate; one year Gayle spent on "the < cean /; waye," or in 'the cot beside the sea," or in somelfPrarie Home>" would be Worth-am all." A letter from Fairfax county, written to the Petersburg Index, says : l4We are likely to get many valuable accessions to our population from the West, if proper efforts are made to set public sentiment right there as to our con ditioD and resources." The Committee of the Maryland Senate charged with the investigation of the manage ment of the C. & O. Canal met yesterday and commenced their assigned labor. Several wit nesses were examined, none of whom, however, knew anything about the reported corruption except from heresay. We have received the first number of the Mercury, published at MiltOD, N.*C., by Messrs. Wallace and Branch, and edited by J. W. Thaxton. Washington Notev. [For the Alexandria Gazette. J Washington, Feb. 8.?The House, to-day, passed the bill repealing the Bankrupt act after the first of January, 1877. The "weary nod heavy laden" will therefore take notice. The House Judiciary Committee has report ed a bill for the reorganization of the ju licial system of the U. S., the main object of which is to relieve the docket of the Supreme Court of the accumulated business. It provides for an intermediate court to be called the Court of Appeals, to be held in each oircuit of the Uuited States, and composed of the Justice of the Supreme Court assigned to the circuit with the Circuit and District judges of the several districts. The bill provides for appeals from the judgment of the Distriot Court when the amount exceeds $500, but from this court ap peals may be taken to the Supreme Court when the amount exceeds $10,000, or when constitutional questions, treaty stipulations, &c., are involved. On motion of Gen. Hun ton, Baltimore was stricken out of the original bill as the place in the 4th Circuit where the court should be held, and Richmond was in serted. The oourt will be an important one, attracting many persons, and Richmond owes Gen. Hunton one for his exertions in her be half The Democratic caucus to have been hold to-night to consult upon the currency and other questions, is postponed until Thursday night, and not a few express the opinion that a fur ther postponement would not be objectionable, as it is thought the least said about currency the better. The death of Mr. Ferry, of Connecticut, was announced in both houses to-day, and eulogies pronounoed. Some persons in the galleries of the House not knowing what was going on re tired beoause they said the debate was dry. So we go. The Centennial bill comcs up in the Senate to-morrow and will pass, despite constitutional objections and sick. Mr. M^rtoo has given notice that when Pinohbaok's case is again brought up in the Senate he wants it disposed of before adjourn ment for the day, whioh may or miy not be the case, as Mr. M.'s dictum is not uow as all powerful as it was. Mr. Christiancy, of Wisconsin, of the Sen ate, to-day took unto himself a wife, and as Alexandria oiaims the privilege of presenting the bride, a beautiful young biond, the occur rence is worthy of note. Miss Lu^enbeal was a clerk io one of the departments, very pretty and agreeable, and young with it all, while the Senator, though "well to do," is by no means young or prepossessing in appearance. Of course the wedding is the topic of conversa tion and remark ail over the city, and Alexan dria is oreditei with another "place," this time, however, only io the affeotions of a *''Liberal Republican." Q. ( CITY COUNCIL. A regular meeting of the City Council was held last night. For official proceedings t-cc another column. BOARD OF ALDERMEN. In this Board there were present Messrs. Janney, McKenzie, Moore, Smoot, Neale, Beach, Dowoham and Johnson. Mr. Neale, from the Committee on Public Property, recommended the repairing ol the Fish whartl Mr. Neale said that the attention of the committee had been called to the Fish whaif by fish dealers, who said thit they would be compelled to remove their operations to Wash ington if the repairs wore not made. Mr. McKenzie asked how much the repairs would cosr. Mr. Neale said probably $500. Mr. McKenzie asked why part of the rent should go to the committee. Mr. Neale said because as there was do money in the treasury the contractors would not be paid unless the committee had thereof. Mr. McKenzie did not believe such to be the case, and thought the credit of the city should not be run down in this way, as it did no good. There was plenty of money in the treasury to pay outstanding claims except in terest. Mr. Neale said he asserted that there were hundreds of warrants out unpaid, and il con tractors had to rely on the treasury for their pay, we could not^et the repairs to the wharf made. Mr. Moore thought $50 or S100 could be made to do the work, as $40 had done last year. Mr. McKenzie opposed the resolution be cause it looked too pauperish. He would un dertake to furnish men and look to the city fur the money. He was opposed to letting the committee have the rent, but wanted it put into the treasury as usual. He moved to strike out that clause in the resolution. Dr. Johnson said the committee had con sulted practical men and fouud it their unan imous opinion that the wharf should be re paired at once. They had thought best to have a portion of the rent at their control so rhnt the workmen could be paid when the work was done. Practical men thought it would cost upwards of $1200 to repair permanently, but that temporary work could be done for $50U. Mr. McKenzie thought the resolution was "an invitation to fish men to bid low for the wharf, and was a reflection on the treasury He believed the repairs should be made at once. Why should the town be put io the position of a pauper ? Mr. Moore said he had been a builder and contractor io his time, and knew all about these things. When the Alms House was re paired the lowest bid was $1200, and the com mittee had gone to work and it only cost $300 to make tho repairs. Dr. Johnson offered a substitute for the res olution appointing Messrs.' McKenzie and Moore a committee to make the repairs, s ly ing that as oue was a builder and contractor and the other offered to furnish the money and look to the city for his pay. Mr. Neale seconded the substitute. Mr. McKenzie said there was no difficulty about getting money trom the city, anu never had beeD. The substitute was lost The original resolution, with the last clause .stricken out, was then adopted. Mr. Neale, from a majority of the special commiitee oo the oid Court House proprny, reported an act to be presented to th'. (joucra! Assembly, which is as follows : An Act providing for tho sale of the old Court House, in Alexandria, and lor the removal of the Courts, Clerk's office and Judicial Ke cords, of Alexandria county. Be it enacted, by the General Assembly of Vir ginia : Thai the Governor of this Statu, or his successor in offiao be, and ho is hereby author ized and empowered to sell and convey the lot of land in the city of Alexandria containing one-half square on tho west gide of Columbus street, ana bounded by Coiumbus, Queen and Princess etreets, being the lot on which the old Court House stands, and which was conveyed to the Governor ot Virginia and his successsors, for tho use ol the county and Corporation of Alexandria by authority of an act of tho Con gress of the United States, approved on the ninth day of July, A. 1)., 1840 entitled "an act to rotrocede the county 01 Alexandria in tho District of Columbia to tho State of Virginia." But, bofore making sale, which shall be public, three Commissioners shall bo appointed by tho Governor, to-wit: One from the city and 0110 from the county of Alexandria and the third from any other city or county the Governor may designate, whose duty it shall be to ascer tain the value of the said property and the rel ative interest in the same, to which the city and county aforesaid are entitled, and the propor tion of State taxation to be the measure by which the said separate interest shall be fixed. 2nd. That of the proceeds of such sale tho City Council of Alexandria, and tho said county of Alexandria shall bo entitled to such proportions as may bo a?cortained by the Commissioners aforesaid in the manner hereinafter stated, and that tho said City Council if it claims and re ceives its propoition shall furnish to the said county of Alexandria a suitabio court-room, re cord rooms, clerk's offico and jury-rooms, for the use and accommodation of the Courts of the county; and should there bo a surplus of such proceeds, after the proper expenditures for the purposes aforesaid, it snail be dividod botweon the said City Council of Alexandria and the said county of Alexandria in tho proportion atoresaid, to be paid to the said City Council of Alexandria, or its authorized agent, and to the Treasurer of tho county, subject to tho ordor and control of its Supervisors. 3d. That if sale shall be made of said lot as hereinbefore provided, the purchaser shall not take possession thereof until the said City Coun cil of Alexandria has provided the court room, record-rooms, clerk's office and jury rooms for the use of the^aid Courts of Alexandria county as horeinbefore provided for, and until sucr provision is made the said Courts shall be hold as heretofore. 4ih. That, after the City Council shall have made tho provision aforesaid, which shall be within one year from the passage ol tnis act, the Judge of the County Court shall at once or j der all trie books, papers and records to be re moved to the office and rooms as provided, and tho Clerk of the County and Circuits Courts of Alexandria county Bhall have the samo custody, authority and control ovor all such papers,, books and records removed by this, or any pre vious act, that ho had before the same were re moved, under the laws in force. Dr. Johnson said he did Dot agree with the majority of the committee in the report. He had found the necessity of caution about these things. He did not think that we, who were one of the beneficiaries, could demand the sale of the property while it was occupied by the other. The property would not sell for over $5,000, and the city derived fully that much benefit every year from the County Courts held there. The county officials had assured him that it the c ty forced a sale of the Court House, they would demaod that the jail be included, and would remove their Court House to the county. The Court House could not be used for a school-house without great expense. The law fixed the Court House in the centre of a oounty and the couoty people would demand its enforcement. The people out there would then go to Arliogtoo and spend their moDey io Washington. Mr. McKenzie said most of them did that ?ow. Very little money was spent by them; they generally brought their dinners with them, or else did not eat any. He thought that the property should be bought for a s.'hool house. He differed with Dr. Johnson about the reve nue derived from those who came to court. Mr. Neale thought that Dr. Johnson was mistaken about the revenue derived from the County Court. The attendance at it was very small and soarcely aoy revenue was deriv ed from it. The Court House was dump and Dot fit for use; Mr. Ramey was a living example of that fact. The counly would be benefitted by the change, and they could trade much better, near the Corporation Court room than oo Coiumbus street. Mr. McK' nzie agreed with Mr. Ncalc, and regretted that so many people from the county dealt in Washington. Dr. Johnson thought that wo could not af ford to estrange any trade. The proposition would he thought result in great injury to the city. If the proposition had oome from the county people then it would have been differ ent. He thought that ibr people of the coun ty should bo consulted. It was an easy matter to start this thing going, but not easy to con trol it afterwards. Mr. L.iuis E. Payne, clerk of the County Court, by permission addressed the board. lie siid that there were very few people in the eouuty who would object to the act. The change would certainly be for their benefit. L'he records were becoming musty and illegi ble ; the clerks of the court for several years past had been injured in health by the damp condition of the Court House. Hardly an average of twelve men attended any term of the court. The levy for grand jurymen the pr- s i.'t year was only abou; $75. He thought that the records should be removed to a dry a,id safe plucj. The people of the county hud neither the power nor the money to build a Court House or jail out in the county. The bill specially provided forcommi>sioner.i to con trol the fund derived from the sale aud require the city to provide a court room. Dr. Johnsou said Mr. Payne was the only official of the court he had heard approve the object. The talk abouu' the health of officeis bemg hurt was all stuff. If the records were musty and illegible it was the fault of the offi cers not attending to their business and keep ing the place clean and well aired. i A question having arisen as to the act being I sent to the Common Council, the act was witli | drawn, and the action of the Com moo Council referring the matter to a special committee, was c.incurred in. The p' tition of oyster dealers asking for the abolition of the office of Oyster Inspector was received from the Common Council. Dr. Johnson said the petition am >unted to nothing; of course the dealers did uot want to be taxed. The best way to get rid of the mat ter was to refuse to fill the offi;e. The peti tion was referred to the Committee on Gene ral Laws. The Board then, at 9:30, adjourned. COMMON COUNCIL. The semi-monthly meeting of the Common Council was well attended. Very much business was transacted without debate. Some conversation occuriog upon the suf ject of Mr. Harlow's motion in reference to printing, which had been referred to the Com mittee oo General Laws, which had never or ganized, Mr. Moore, from the committee, saykg he would endeavor to got a meeting of the committee. The printing resolution wns withdrawn from that comm'ttee and referred to a special com mittee. The bill of Dr. J. B. Johnson was called up, and the chair laid before Couucil a communi cation from Dr. Johasoo in relation to the bill. The Clerk proceeded to read the docummt, which seemed, so farad read, to contain iu part some rcfl ctions on Mr. Sinpot, od account of his alleged conncction with the loss of' $2,000 by the sale of the Friendship steam engine. The rcadiug was interrupted by Mr. Smoot, who said he did net thiuk Council sat lor the purpose of hearing refl ctions on the couduct ot Cuunciluieo iu 11 >c?r bu-iness capacity us attorneys, or otherwise. He made that point oi order. The Chair sustained the point a:id said that he was not listening attentively, or he would have stopped the readiug b 'fore. Certainly no parliamentary law permitted the reading of communications which n fl :eted on tbeir con duct as members of the Council. Mr. Latham 9aid he did not object to the ruling of the President, but he did object to the reasons on which the Chair based his ruling, lie held that the people, or any ot them had a ri^ht to call in question the acts of their rep resent itives. Mr. Smoot did not think that members of Coutioil camo here to hear themselves arraign ed. He thouuht that nothing in parliamen tary law would justify the reception of ^ueh a paper. Mr. Latham did not believe in this lang-taw fight. He wanted tho meu face to face. Mr. Smoot denied that acts of Councilmen could be tried in this manner. If they did wrong the only remedy was by an impeach ment, but to c-.me here with a tirade in a communication was unparliamentary. If the paper was read it would be only ju-dce to give him, Mr. Smoot, time to fulminate au auswer. Mr. Smith?Mr. Chairman, w>uld it be in order to move to introduce Dr. Johuson, and let him nr.ke a statement? The Chair said that that could not be done without unanim-.us consent, and he would take the responsibility of objecting. Mr. Smith?The Chair will recollect that there is a precedent lor it. Mr. Neale and others have appeared before Council and made statements. Mr. Litham supported the ruling of the Chair. Mr. 'Smith?Will the gentleman give a reason. Mr. Latham?B.causc I do not wish Coun cil to be made a debating society. The Chair said the pending question when Couucil adjourned at the last meeting was on Mr. Latham's amendment to Mr. Smoot's resolution, both of which were read. Mr. Brodcrs introduced an amendment di recting the Committee on Public Property to sell the lot on which the Friendship lOngine House is built. He said that Council was wast ing time in considering Dr. Johnson's bill. There bad beeu no order of Council to do the work, why cousider the matter further. Mr. Latham rose to a point of order, that the resolution was out of order. The Chair decided the resolution in order a9 a substitute. Mr. Latham appealed from tho decision of the Chair, and was proceeding to discuss the point. The Chair held that debate Wis not in order. Mr. Hopkins sought to explain his vote. Mr. Smoot raised the point of order thut the vote could not be explained. The Chair held that Mr. Hopkins could not speak, and he took his seat. The decision of the Chair on Mr. Latham's point of order was sustained. Mr. Latham was proceeding to discuss the matter, when Mr. Smith walked up and down the chamber several times. Mr. Latham there upon took bis seat. The Chair?The gentleman will proceed. Mr. Latham?lam not goin? tvtalk until we havn order. I want gentlemen to listen. The Chair?Geutlemen wili keep order. Mr. Smith?Am I out of order ? I did not know I was interrupting the gentleman. * Mr. Latham urged that there was a prece dent for this bill. Dr. Johnson had advanced money before several times to the public; once ?750, to repair the Lancastrian Free School, and at another lime $350 to repair the Court House. Why should not this advance be re paid ? He was sorry that Dr. Johnson was so obnoxious that he could not get ju.-tice. The subject was further debated by Mr. Hopkins, who said that to .sell the house would have the effect to break up the Friendship Company, and deprive the whole upper por tioD of the city of the protection of the oniy lire company there. Even the ringing of the beli was a protection. Mr. Smojt thought the Friendship Company was already as well broken up as it euuld be. He explained his view of the law in reference tj the sale oi'the house, and the resul's of the sale. Mr. Evans said it seemed to be a monstrous hard thing to discuss that resolution and keep off of the poor Friendship Fire Company. It was very hard, too, for a g ntleman to try todo one thing, and at the same time to make peo ple believe that he war- doing something else. He move to refer the matter to the Committee ou General Laws. 1 Laughter. 1 The motion was losr. The substitute direeti: g a sale of the lot was also lost?yeas 4, uays 12. Mr. Hughes introduced a substitute for sell ing ti^e Friendship lot for$250. Mr. Hughes urged that by (his means Dr. Johnson comd buy the lot and owu it, and the city wou'd get rid of supplying gas free, and could lax the property, which was now free of tax. Mr.Hughes' su&siitute was Jaid ou the table. Mr. Latham's motion, pending from last meeting, to pay Dr. Johnson's bill was lost? yeas 3, uays 13. The question then recurred upou the resolu tion of Mr. Smoot, that Dr. Johnson's bill he paid on condition that the FriendshipFireCom pany first execute a deed couveying the engine house to the city, and it was adopted?yeas 13, nays 3. Mr. Latham then called up his resolution for the appointment of a committee to devise changes in the city' charter, particularly in ref erence to the electiou of officers by the people. Mr. Hopkins moved t) amend by instruct ing the committ' e to enquire into the expedi ency of changing the charter. The Chair?Does the gcntkmin accept the amendment. Mr. Latham?No sir, if I wanted to slab it, I could have done it myself. I want action. Mr. Sm jot objected to the form of the reso [ lution. lie thought the charter a very good one as it stands. iMr. Latham supported his resolution by a speech of some length, and said that the pres- j cnt sharter was gotten up by a self constituted committee. ! Mr. Siunn, in reply, said that l!>e charter was reported by a committee of Council, dis cussed in Council, aud passed by Council. The charter was adopted to keep the control of tIn city. in the hands of the whtc people. He would move, as a test, to lay the resolution on tlu: table. Aftor further debate by Mr. Snnotand Mr. Hopkins, the motion to lay on the table wa lost?yeas G, nays 10. The resolution was then adopted?yeas 10, uays G. Mr. Smoot callcd up the subject of paving King street, aud aft-r a short discussion, the Boat d adjourned. LU?iISi,A'ilV*:. In the Virginia Senate, yesterday. Mr. Hin ton called up the resolution recalling from the House Smatc bili in relation to the repeal of the charter of the Moutpelier Association, auu moved that it be tabled indefinitely. Mr. Hinton during his remarks said that every in dividual member of the B );ird of Trust^s of that association who had been guilty of derelec tion of duty should bo held responsible iu dol lars aud C 'nts. Mr Hinton spoke in very plain language iu relation to the conduct of the trus tees. Senator Smith, of N Ison, who is oue < f the trustees, asked Mr. Ii iton to whom ii? i he refer. Mr. HL't:r repiiei, "1 intend it for you as much as for any other trustee." Mr. Smith replied that he wanted Mr. Hin ton to undeis:aud that this was the Senate of Virginia, and uot a Ward meeting iu Pe tersburg. The debati was continued at some length, between Messrs. Smith and Hinton, ana war. very spicy. The resolution off.red by Mr. Hinton was withdrawn. The Vote was taken ou recalling the bill from the llous.', and was e?rried iti the affirma tive. , In the Hou-e ot Delegates, tiin con.mittee, entrusted with the matter, r ported adversely upon the proposition of WYs Virginia inviting the State of Virginia to make an appropriation towards the erection of a mouumeut at Point Picasant in the former State. Seuate bill incorporating the Richmond Aged Women's Humane Association, was passed. The bill to permit the Richmond Cit> Guard to uniform themselves in such anno -r as they may decide, was taken up. bu- peudinir the dis cussion, the hour of special order arrived The bill appropriating 830.000 to the Cui versity ol Virginia, was taken up. the question being the amendment, giving the Hampton Norma! School ?3,<K)0. l'his was advocated by colored delegates, Poindester, Raffi ?, P. K. Jones, and Branch, a-?d by Mr. Gordon, and opposed by Messrs. Bigwell, Smith, of F.;u qui or, aud Massey, aud was defeated. Iu tiic cour.sc of the debate in the British Parliament, yesterday, on the address to the Queeu, Mr. Disraeli iu tiie House of Com mons and Lord Derby in the Ljrds defended the course taken hy the Government in rite purchase of the Khedive's shares iu the Suez Canal, the slavery circular, and the qualified approval of the refum- in Turkey proposed by (Ji'Unt Andrassy's note. The aiidris* wus pars ed iu both Hi.uses. The steamship Rotterdam, on which Win slow, the 13 -ston forger is supposed to be a passeu^'cr, was at Gravesendyesterday,coaling. It is reported that the Austrian squadron has been ordered to Kleck. The London World deuies the story of the Marquis of Ripon's gift of ?10 000 to the Pope. The Wallachian Chamber has voted four million of piastres tor army equipment. Dur ing the debate on the question the War Min ister repeated the assurances that the govern ment's policy was pacific and neuiral. NEWS OF THE DAI. The most destructive fire that has occurred for years in the city of N .w York happ 'ned last evening. It broke out in Gr<?nd street, and before it could be brought under control had demo'ished nearly the entire block bound ed by Broadway, Grand, Crosby and Howard streets. About thirty stores and dwdliot's were destroyed. 0:ie firm on Broadway -uffers to the extent of $1,000,000, and the total loss is toughly estimated at ?3.000,00:). Three fire meu were killed by the falling walls and others were injured. E. A. Bennett, Auditor of West Virginia, was yesterday acquitted of articles of impeach ment preferred against him by the Legislature during the past session. The vote on the third article came within one of having the required two thirds, it standiog guihy 1, nut cui :y 9 Rear Admiral Silas H. Stringham, of 'ho United Statt s uavy, died at his homciu Brook lyn last Monday. JLETTEK FUOn KltllMOKD. Correspondence of the Alexandria Gszotto.] Richmond, Feb. 8.?The gamblers lu re arc in a terrible plight. They have been obliterat ed for the preseot,root and branch. To-day iu the Hustings Court Andrew Muiler, charged willi keeping a iaro batik, was sent to jail for twelve months and fined $100, aud Thomas Russell, charged with perjury iu sweariug that he did nut know that Muller kept a faro bank, was fined $5 aud scot to jail for twelve months, liu.-sell made a long confession, stating that ho was led to act as he did by a bribe of $50 of fered him by Muller. Joe Graves, a profes sional, charged with dealing the gams in the same establishment, has left the city, and thereby forfeited his bail?$500. It is said '.hat before he left he paid the $500 to his bondsman. He remarked to a friend that if it was any other time he would stay, but that he really could not mis- the Centenuiai. If Jud.ne Guigou indicts the legislative and judicial par ties charged with gambling he couid do noth ing more with them than fine them $30, which is all the law provides in such cases. Wor shatn and ali of the other professional gamb lers have left the city, and iu the gamb.iiig quarters ail is still as death. The Virginia Pr.ss Association mows to morrow (Wednesday) at the St James Hotel. I undt r stand the Independents held a secret meeting a Jew days tioce and resolved that if tiie Senate seated Johcsou they would put out an entire Independent ticket in the c< w;ng municipal election with the exception of the City Trea.-urer and Collector. The University bill was up to-day in the House again, and ex G >v. Sm!:h spoke in ad vocaey ol it. Peter It. Junes spoke in l'avorof amending the bill so as to trive the Hampton Iiwitute $3,000. He said la*t year wlien you get.ilcmeu on that side wanted t* get the ap propriation bill for Biacksburg Coll' gj through y u came over here and iold us ou this side if w would go with y'>u you would go with us ; w::<:u we u-ked for hel|> for Ha :ipt)n School. I \V?: wrut, and without us you w -uldn't have j cai ried that bill, and n<?w when we a.-k you you rt fu-L'. And the II. use still refused to pass the amendment. I'he bib is still pend , ia!;- . j '!'hj Board of i'ru-t.es of the Richmond i Baptist College, la.-t r.ight, adopted resolutions I agnins' the proposd appropriation of $30,000 i to the University for th ? education of young ! men ivei 18 years of age f ree of charge, as uu lair t > Rii l.m -rid aud all other colleges iu the Slate. F ir ill'; life: of m I can not see how it will hurt the other coih ires. 1 ki.ow some of j the denominations regard the University as an : episcopal Colh ge, bee u<e the majority of the | n.iaid of tiu^ecs of that college are members j of that ciiuieh. l-u? why this sh. uid injure the I other colleges lean not see. I think if the ! bill will pass it will be one of the noblest nieas ? urcs yet adopted by the Legislature, and that i body certainly iias plouty uf room to expand in j that way. 31 i>s Kellogg, the prima donna, arrived in j the city to-day. She is deservedly a favorite ' with the Richmond opera going public aud will have full houses. The boys have a new name now for that in di:-posui"U so habitual to a legislator. They say "he is .suffering with a linked up liver." Mr. John Bill BUger, the clerk of the lipase, has been quite ill for some days past. : 11 ? i.? now better. j I'he ministers of the city will probably pro | coedc air dn.-t the Sourh*rn Assoeiati L stt ry j Suuday. It is an evil thing that benefits the city i2"Ue. The colored people have at last seeu t'hfl im portance of taking care of their aged people. The bill iuc -rporatiiitr the "Aired Home Asso cia'ion" passed the House to day. It has for its hj' Cf the proper maiuterjanee of th' asi:d colored people. StronghoW. Lellor from ICappiUiaiuiock. [C( rrcsp . d -nee oi the Alox.-iivlri* G.hz ;ttR. ] Woodvii.lk Havpahannock Co., Va., February S I?s7ti. Time fatal accidents have occurred in tiiis e u :ty during the last two VtC-. k <,the uul'orlunaic victim- beion all colored women. The first of them was a girl, Ju ia. iu thf employ ol John Young, near Woodville, who attempted r<> kindle a tire with coal oil, and the fi itues following the oil to the can burst it and enveloped the untonuuate and careless worn in in a sheet of fhmos, which wore not arrested, till her clothes were entirely burut off. She died iu a few days, alter terri ble sufferings. The second wan a wjrnaD, Eveline, uear the iSiit-j Mills, whose dress, a calico one, caught whil.-t she was standing in iror t . !'a fire place, with her back to the Ore. In !ior agonies, she set fire to two beds, which were entirely destroyed, and to the building, ' the iait< r, however, being extinguished before a?yd?iiitge was doue. It appears >he at tempt-J to .-mother the fliiues by jumpiog in to the beds and coveriug herself with the bed coverings. The third case occurred in the neighborhood of Washington, our county scat, and was similar to the one just de.-cribed. The gale on Tuesday night last, which pass ed over this region, was the severest we have hud for many years, and the damage done was considerable, though not serious. We learn of several houses, one or two buildings and some other structures that were blowu down, and all, more or less, demolished, in one in stance the roof of a large mill, near Sperry viile, ,'iaving been blown off. The damage to for.cine was ir-'iticral, but few farms escaping s <me lo>s. There was oo ioss of lii'.-, butmauy nouses wore shakeu as if to their very founda tions, in several eases causing a complete panic to the persons inside. The time during which our public schools arc !U'i, five months, expired on Friday la.-t, though -omc of them will be continued as pri vate schools for the remainder of the school year. A u< w di-til!cry has been built and now in operation ar Bloomfield, five miles Irom this place, on Thornton river, owned by A. T. Waldfn, vuth Mr. Wood as store keeper. The wl;i-kcy made is said to be of a very fair char acter. We have had the first snow of the season, fbhowmif immediately upon the precipitate re treat of his prognostic hog*hip, who scenting ?U"W and foul weath r for the ncxi f;rty days, hastily betook himself to the m.-.re congenial iat tude of his subterranean abode. Oar County Court, Judce J. F. Strother, meets on Monday, the 14 h lost., at which time there will be tried several cases of felony and other crimes. B. Accidental Shooting ?Scarcely a day pa s that tin: papers do not chronicle death Irom accidental shooting. We were informed that about 12 o'clock yesterday, in Virginia, a few miles above AriiDgton Heights, B ;o Ilines, a lad of fourteen years, was seriously if not m?rtally wounded by the accidental discharging of a musket, in the hands of a younger brother. It is the duty of parents to prevent these con stantly recurring accid nis by prohibiting their children from carrying firearms of any descrip tion.? Washington Chronicle. CONGRESS. The following proceedings ol' Congress yc-t. tor day arc uddiiioual to t h? .so pubh-dnj lfj (|ft Gazette of that day : lu the Senate a memorial wa^ presented trom citizens of the District of Columbia protesting against the confirmation oi the present po^ commissioners of the District. The hill rejta!. iug the restiiciions ou the sale of pub! e Ll,], in certain Southern State?- was lurt! erdeUte,j without action. Mr. Morton submitted an>o lution instructinyr the committee on the l)i>trict of Columbia to inquire as to the propriety ?f reporting a bill for the government ol t:A L)lv trict ol" Columbia, by which 11;-y nay rctu ^ and control their domestic affairs. Mr. >j,r* ton also gave notice that when the ca>eol l'inel, back, claiming a s-at in the Senate lr<-in L isiana, wastgiiu taken up, he would a-k ti;e Senate to remain in sis-im; till finally di>|.> j of. The death of Senator l'\ rry, oi Com^eti cut, wa.- then announced, and a t.uuibet ot cu logic? wore delivered. In the House a bill was passed autliorzit)? actions in cases of death resu ting Irotn \sr ^ i'ul act, neglect or default in the Di.-trict of Columbia, provided that the auijuu; r^coverd shall not exceed $10,000. The Cousular and Dipl mutic appropm i.ic bi'l was further discussed without art! ?(. li d.*atho! Senator Fetry, of Conmvt cu\ ?... a lUOUtK'id and several <.u! gi *s deliver.. . The Isle op Wight Mastoh ?n.?: i;o miud> of the citizens ol Isle oi \\ u hi e u: ty have beeu conssd. rably exercised 1:um Mil tiaie over the discovery ot iumeuc o.-s;!ir'U< remaius deeply embedded in the eaith, and whi.-h naturalists have pronounced as tin \< r: table bones ol an ancient mastodon. Mr. "King" Neville, of this city, has in hi.> ;o-.- - siou a number ol immense teeth, v.lr. 1; %. r excavated a few ye-rs ago in the ?:uu '.oca i y, au i iiom tiieir extent and structure nia-t ? tainiy have belonged to some sjvei-'s . 1 ::u;:iiti. lo ig sin.;c defuQct. la tike manner Have otner parts of skei nou- been uttottr. tl in .lift vetit parts < f the county, '.vh:e?t are truly astomdi ing iu :iz .?Norfolk 1 irgmian. Mu. Williams' Bill ?Those who kr, w Mr. Williams we have no d. ubt un i r.-und his bill in reference to the u.-e ot lobace> ani spirits, and the habit of protane swearing. 1: Mr. Wiiliams ha.- a hobby, it is equal uniform and ad valorem taxation, tor wh:e;. h h.is con tended ever since ihe war, in .-cason and out ol season, li s proposed tax bill is, we kik'W. t satire ou the system of direct tax* ion rliiidi tequires men to be taxed-on iabor, whivh t.? ?? scotial to their very existence, while vice- ani luxuries, wlrch may be abaudoued at pica-uiv, go tree. We have not fwgutt' n tl;e aitio; - coutribu'ed by him sou]-.: eighteen m"Uih* o :he Whig (in reply to a letter oi ill lion. A. 11. 11. Stuart) wiieiom he aoly d^-ussel ibis whole subject.?liichmnd Eunairu. Minnesota, following the example ot \ ir ginia and Kentucky, hasrofus-d toappr-ipit.it money for the Philadelphia Centennial. ^ LEIS TIN y-S ! VALEMT1 -N h> I T Comic and Sentimental, "W'Lh Ktvolonee and Cards lo mutch, tor sne y ieb9 JOHN H. l'Al-.K'Ti. K. N*t) TLA. Try it. For s?lo at feb 0 KA.MSAYS II February otn, ls-70 O 11 E M E W G O U D >. i>X , , , 180 piece? of ft? pretty Calicoes .-tna i. .xi.or.c as we IimVO over opened, liicy "'nht t c i!.c newest fi'y e9, cnrufully select'-u 'r 'in 11?.* in tlio iri'-i ket. 4 1 I'ro. Cottons chcMpur than ever bftoro. hlaek Silks al low figures. Si eetings, Bro. and BleaeheU 1. C. Cottons. Ginghams, ?.Vc. , . . I Goods are moving; now J5 tue tune to inn ' Chgb5 H. C. SLAYMAKKU C '. . Febru.try -id, 1^7^. 13 EDUC KD ?>i< ^ E W <?')'/ = 'S. | it BLACli CAClI MiKEr. BLACK -M' HI A1 KS, BLACK \L1'ACAS Another largo lino of tii se laaii'-i '? 1 ? .Myles ?t'Shirung ?ml .uourtiing ;i" v.'ot Siiii tings and ?> -1 ?nd 1" i Sin lo -t ?? ;; lull iine of iekitig- ati.l .in'iar^t tit int. Linen,-al! v. ry cli -n;. ?? fob :i C. -.LA ^ M t\ K.... L? . ?A 4 (J ^ T V K li N O IS N UK.' r- " i '? j.iL ? "*?Kaublisb<?-l -;> ywy;- ? F liUIT TKEES A DA I'l A) l:? I!-1' A M'K;1ALTV , . , S jxiiL F i Lr IT, yjiiN A M LN . AL .!? ??? t Etc., &c. 'C-'id for r? Catalogue to C G1iiLii'iGii/-. ?" LO.. Aco tinl. l osi'-i.e- . w ? Ka ! U A N U .S O M E F K E S r. In j S . W'* have lust received an assortment "f G IvO V r, K vk B.lkEK'.S SHUTTLE Si'iTCII SEVVIJNG -lAO'ilINK'S \V ith nil the Lati.-?l Impnivenn-nt H'u! are prepared L-? -el LhuiM at lint \ ?rv *.v??t |>"i< ? S. -? ?ill re \ Juable pr^se-it ?v'.r?ii-'t i"' made to ft w!f<*, mother, .dster or a iu Ij tricii'i than un" i>: ,h- :;>? .\v muciiiuci. C~xi. an<! a r.ino or semi fur h circular. doc E. .>._LEALiJEATEK & BH<>. _ TIMOTHY & CLOVER SEED, For sale bv R. M. LAWSON, COMMISSION' MEIiCllAN J', fob 5 ALEX A SDK1A, VA. BLACK. CASHMERES, &c.?I have ' poiied another lot of th?-<? -uperb l>i\ iJttfthmeres which have given so much .-a'.i-!;?c tion for the beautuul fchades of b nek :?iei fu ture; hIso Courvoisier'a TWO-BUI 1'oN BL v(JK K. II) GL< 'V ES the host aft.'.ie Also Hcimstitchod Handkrrehiefn, C"r.- t-. doc 9 J. M. bTKWAKT. SILK HAT1S, MJK12<(G STYLE Foil '7b, .'u't received at feb T-'-it YOVMO'St 80 King str< IN ITI \L H AN DKEKGHIEFS, Beautifully put up in boxe- of half a <l"Z"n | each. Aiso new stylo Feit Skirts, very '.>>:.!? some. . i). F. BKA.SJlhAK, II. B. HuO.YiES. dec 14 No. 109 King St., Aieia.viria, V?. ! VrOT.'CE! ? NoTI K! -i-i .Just received: Hale's Honey o; !!? ??re bound and Tar, I'ike's Tooth .cbe Drops, ?:.d Gionn's sulphur Soap, at W. F. CKElGilT<)S'r, feb 1 bo King sf'-l ? Yesterday (Sunday) the FEN I - LU jl? A.Ni OF A l.oLD ' Ki> G, .villi red -tt. The finder wil< b?- r<-y ?'??* ed by leaving il it thi= "fli e. ? " OLD TIMES COME AGAIN?We r< - i.r;g the beet New Orleans Sugar at '?> J', r lb. Look :.t sample in our sh w window. inn L'l GEO McBURNER i Ij^IVE Gr.Oaa KU M FOKWS liESi VEAST X? FOWDJSK just received by feb 8 J. C. vt E. Mi LB I !??*? FOUNDS i'UKE BUCKWIIh T FLU UK reciv-'l t" J-'O hj> ... feb ti J C i E. MILIJUKN. OKI ME Ji AN D- TICK ED MEDIUM X BEANS received to dav by feb 8 J. C ti: E. MILBUKN PU.KLED SALMON at UA.f<dV'S dec 1 KAM>Aj *s VTO. 1 MACKEREL and Salmon lorsa.oby JN oct 18 GEU. McBU RN E V J: 500