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saturday evening, february "20.
Somk PEOPLE, who are utterly ignorant
of negro character, and, strango as it may
seom, some who live in the South, bavesaiti
the action of the President in nominating
a colored man for a position in Washington,
and the rejection of that nomination by a
republican Seuate, would tend to divide the
negro vote. No man at all fumiliar with
negroes ever entertained such au idea, and
the following extract from a letter of J. M.
Laogston, one of the most intelligent men
of the rare, to the New York Herald,should
be sufficient to dispel it from the mind* of
those who do :
''Nothing less than a cabinet position ac?
corded one of our representative colored
men?8 man about whose color und identity
with the negro race and its geueral welfare
there can tte no doubt?would work the re?
sult you coutemplate, and then it would be
oece.-sary to have every prominent demo?
cratic Senator vote affirmatively on the
proposition to confirm such nomination in
order to induce, by reason of t heir confi
denen in the sincerity of our democratic
friends, a considerable number of his class
of voters to leave the republican to vote
wit!) the democratic party."
The TESTIMONY in the Texas case, now
being investigated by a comtnittt e of the 1".
S. Senate, yesterday, was to the effect that
of all the reptihlieau oflice holders in the
county in which, according to Air. Hoar,
"republican government has been upturn?
ed," there was not a single one who bad
not been accused of stealing public money,
and that out- of the three memorialists-the
men upon whose charges the investigation
was ordered, had been indicted six times,
aud that trie reputation of the other two
wa* >>y do means good. And yet it was
upuu the bate word of such men that a hun?
dred other men were brought all the way
from Texas, nt great expense to the govern?
ment, in order that Mr. Hoar might try to
make matter for the next republican cam?
paign. And this is only u fair sample ol
the partisan spirit of the republican Senate.
Now THAT I ho Governor has called a
speeral session of the legislature, if he would
advance the interests of his Stale, his party,
and his own, he will advise the members oi
lliat body to appoint a commissioner to open
negotiations with the creditors of the State
fur the fc-ttiement of the State debt upon the
best terms it may be possible lo make with
them, and will use aM his inlluence to have
those terms accepted. He will have hard
material to operate upon, to he sure, but by
doing so he will show the democracy of his
State and of the whole c mntry that he is in
favor of the honest payropnt of debts und of
the- observance of pecuniary promises, and
that he i:j opposed to efforts intended to im?
pair the obligation of contracts and to set at
defiance the decisions of the highest court
in the lund.
The REAL true bluo and consistent
democrats, democrats f'om principle, in
Congress have prevented, and very proper?
ly, any reduction in the tobacco and whis?
key tax. To have made any such reduction
would have given the protectionists ground
for the maintenance of the existing protect?
ive tarill for the benefit of Northern manu?
facturers. What the democrats, what the
people, most want is the removal of the
tariff tax on the necessaries of life, not the
internal revenue tax on the luxuries, whis?
key and tobacco.
TflE president has not yet signed the
bill for the ledemption of the trade dollars.
That even those who will be directly ben?
efited by the bill think the effect of the
House amendment, !>.dd:tig the w deemed dol?
lars to the legu'ar monthly i urchase of sil?
ver, will be injurious, was made evident the
other day by one of them, who said he
hoped the bill would be signed, because he
had a large number of the trade dollars,
but that if tie didn't have any he would
bop6 it would not he sinned.
governor Hill, of New York, in his late
speech, said :
"The suggestion that theie have been or
are democrats who are not responsible for
any faults of their party?or, in other words,
democrats who are better than their party,
is a proffered explanation or tJefence which
I repudiate. T have little admiration for the
democracy of those professed democrats who
always claim to bo better than their party."
The Presideut will understand the appli?
cation of the Governor's remark.
Mr. Inualls, who has just been elected
president pro tempore of the U. S. Senate
by a strict party vote, including that of the
two Senators from Virginia, is the man who
twenty-live years after the death of John
Brown, when time had allowed cool and de
liberate judgment to resume its sway, and
with all the facts of the case before him,
wrote an article in the North American Re
view, in which he attempted to make a demi?
god of that diabolical and self-confessed
Mrs. Lina Swaffield, of Beverly,1 Mass.,
who has recently been taken to Floiirlfc- by
her husband, who hopes that change of
eceue and climate will restore her to sanity,
is the victim of a practical joke. A few
weeks ego her husband joined a hunting
party. On the way hom? one of the party
hurried in advance and told Mrs. Swaffield
that her husband had been shot and killed.
She fainted, remained unconscious for sev?
eral hours, aud when ehe regained con j
sciousness was insane.
Col. Wertenbaker, of Oharlottesville, baa
sold his residence to Mr. R. P. Valentine. J
[Speeial Correspondence of the Alexa. Gazette.]
Washington. D. C, Feb. 25,1887.
The District of Columbia appropriation
bill i3 now in the bands of a conference
committee. It is not probable the House
conferees will agree to the Sonata amend?
ment providing for an appropriation of $S5,
000 for an ice and police boat on tho Poto?
mac; but they may agree to an appropria?
tion of $10,000 to enable the District Com?
missioners to keep the Potomac open be?
tween this city and Alexandria during the
winter by contract. If they shall not agree
to the Senate amendment Mr. Barbour w,ill
see each member of the committee and urge
them to adopt the proposition referred to.
It is understood that should it be adopted
the Alexandna ferry company will put ice
plows on their boats and contract to keep
the river open, during the prevalence of the
cold weather, for five thousand dollars a
year. Should the Senate amendment be
adopted, it is reported that the river men
will petition the District Commissioners to
name tho boat William Mahone, after the
General, the author of that amendment.
Representative Trigg says the Speaker
has promised to recognize tiim to move the
passage of bills to reimburse Virginia for
the money she has advanced the govern?
ment, and that as soon as Gen. Mahone
shall get those bills through the Senate, he
will call them up in the House, and that it
will be utterly useless for him to do so until
they shall have been passed by the Senate.
The Senate claims committee has report?
ed in favor of referring the claim of R. N.
Blako, of Stafford county, Va., to the quar?
termaster nei.eral for investigation.
Mr. T. B. Nalle, of Culpeper, Va., who
was purser in the navy uuriug the Mexican
war, is hero to day to ?et his pension under
the Mexican pension hill.
In the del-ate on the resolution for au in?
vestigation of the accounts of the Pacific
railroads, in tho Senate yesterday evening.
Mr. Riddleherger shocked the diguity of
the Senate and showed his disrespect for
Mr. Edmunds by interrupting that senato?
rial sage to ask if anybody had a chestnut
bell. Subsequently he provoked a laugh
by saying that he never owned a share of
railroad stock in his 1 .fe, and could scarcely
say that he owned a dollar of anything else.
In the House yesterday Mr. Barbour pre?
sented a petition of citizens of Alexandria
county, Virginia, for the erectiou of a bridge
across the Potomac at Arlington.
A prominent democratic politician from
1 West Virginia here to day says it is pretty
well understood there that Governor Wil?
son of that State, now that the legislature
has failed to elect a .Senator, will appoint
ex liepresenin'i ve Daniel Lucas, who led
the twelve dt m. icratic opponents of Senator
1 Camdeu in the legislature, U. S. Senator to
serve until the nexl legislature shall elect
Among the strangers in the city to day is
Mr. P. C. Warwick of Richmond, a member
1 of the Virginia legislature. Mr. Warwick
doesn't known what the extra session of the
legislature that has beeu called will do, and
didn't know it had been culled until he read
it in the newspapers hero this morning. In
' talking about the debt question of his State
he said that by the provisions of the Rid
f dleberger bill the creditors were entitled to
about four million dollars mote than was
shown by the totals of the tabulated stale*
meid oftbat bill, and that this increase re?
sulted from a failure to account for tho in?
tet e-t on a certain portion of the debt.
I Mr. Page, the first democratic represents*
7 live from Rhode [aland for thirty four
years, was sworn io to-day. He will serve
live days, and A>r that time will draw out of
1 the U. S. Treasury about ten thousand live
1 hundred dollars, beiug the amouut of the
salary, mileage aud stationery money for a
, representative from bis State for un entire
congressional term, and this, too, though
his republican predecessor, whose seat was
declared vacant a few weeks ago, had re
i ceived almost as much by drawing bis pay
up to that time. Contested seats should be
? decided early in the first sussiou of the
term, but instead of that they are usually
put off to the very last, so tbut the illeeal
as well as the legal member draws full pay,
and the latter for little or no service.
Mr. Allisou and some of the best lawyers
in the Senate say the commissioners to be
appointed under the interstate railroad bill
must he nominated during tho present ses?
sion of Congress, or that an oxtra session of
the Senate must ho called to confirm them.
Mr. Allison, of the Senate, Mr. Kelley, of
tho House, and other experienced congress?
men are talkiug this morning about the
possibility of the necessity of an extra ses?
sion of both houses, as the conditiou of the
appropriation bills is such as induces them
to doubt the ability of Congress to pass those
bills by Friday next. But a similar doubt is
expressed toward the close of almost every
In the Houso yesterday evening Mr. Bra*
dy moved to amend tho naval bill by pro?
viding that Brooklyn and Norfolk be tho
places where the two dry docks shall bo lo?
cated, but bis motion was defeated and the
location left to the Secretary of the Navy.
In the Senate today tho Senate confer?
ees on the postoflice bill reported that they
insisted on the subsidy provision of that
bill, and asked to be discharged and that
another conference committee bo appointed.
Mr. Hoar introduced a resolution in tho Senato
to-day inquiring whether colored infants wero
excluded Irom the foundling asylum of this city,
and if tho government appropriates any money
to the support of that asylum, his object hejng to
obliterate all race distinction in that institution,
and thereby abolish it as an asylum for wb;te
Tho bill for a i-tble railroad in this city was re?
ported favora!d> in tho Senate today, with the
route somewhat changed, knd with a proviso for
the payment to the city of four per cunt, of tho
Tho House commerce committee this morning
struck out all after the enacting clause of the
Senato bill to change the Norfolk customs district,
and inserted the original House bill. The lat?
ter lull is supported by the Yorktown district, tho
former by (he Norfolk district.
Tho House judiciary committee to-day agresd
to report favorably tbe Sen:?to bill changing in
augurationday from the Ith of March to the
last Tuesday in April, and extending President
Cleveland's term aud tho 50thsession of Congress
until that date.
Messrs. Anderson, of Kansas, aud Hepburn, of
Iowa, rauk republicans, tried to day to delay the
.River aud Harbor bill so as to endaugor its pas?
sage, bat they failed.
W. T. Travers has been appointed assistant keep?
er of the light house at Old Plantation Flats, Va ,
vice L. T. Lewis, removed.
Xew Schedule of Wage.?*.
Chicago, Fet>. 26.?A committee of the
Chicago Daily Newspaper Association aud a
ommiltee of the Typographical I'nion held
a conference yesterday and agreed on a new
scale of wages. Compositors will hence?
forth received -If. cents per 1,000 "ems" on
morning newspapers, and 11 cents on even?
ing papers. Advertisements will beset by
the week. No change was made in the
hours. The agreement will remain in force
five years, beginning March 5th. Changes in
the agreement can be made only oa 30 days
previous notice, and all difficulties are to
be settled by a joint committee composed of
members of the newspaper association and
the typographical union, which, if unable
to agree, will select an arbitrator whoee de?
cision shall be final and binding upon all
XEWS OF THE DAY.
An extensive bed of iron ore ha9 been dis
covereii near Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The clergymen of Cleveland, Ohio, havo
been invited to attend the performance of
It is again said that tho President has de?
termined to appoint Assistant Secretary
Fairchild to be Secretary of the Treasury.
Severe snow 8torm3 are reported in vari?
ous parts of New Hampshire, Vermont,
Maine, New York, Dakota and other section.
The question whether the President can
appoint the interstate commissioners after
the adjournment of the Senate has been
Miss Van Zandt's attempt to restrain a
Chicago museum keeper from exhibiting her
figure in wax has proved futile, the injunc?
tion having been dissolved.
Mr. John W. Neale, of Cox's Station,
Charles county, Md., wa9 killed wbileduck?
ing in the Wicomico, Thursday, by the ac?
cidental discharge of a gun.
Gov. Hill's private secretary has notified
Rev. Mr. Powell, spiritual adviser of Mrs.
Druse, the Herkimer murderess, that the
Executive will not interfere with the exe?
I/teutenant Powell, of the Signal Service,
who tendered his resignation to the Secre?
tary of War Bomo time since, has reconsid?
ered his action and will remain in the ser?
Messrs. Moody and Sankey propose to
erect a building in Chicago, to cost $250,0tX),
for the training ofCbristian workers They
will try and have similar.buildings erected
in New York, Philadelphia and Pittshurg.
Hon. George II. Pendletou had un inter?
view with the President yesterday, and said,
after he left the White House, that he
would remain in Washington a short time
longer and then return to his post at Berlin.
Joseph Harrabur, a Pole, was dangerous?
ly stabbed in Philadelphia lust night by
Morgan Carr, a youth who attempted to rob
him. Carr had been incited to assume the
role of highwayman from reading trashy
Congressman Glass, of Tt-untssce, is
quoted as saying recently : "I have closed
out the last republican postmaster iu my
district, and am proud of it, and I would
cheerfully repeal the civil service law if I
Ex President Andrew D. White, of Cor?
nell University, has declined to become a
member of the inter state commission, he
cause to accept would interfere with other
arrangements. There were no political con?
The Pillsbnrg box mystery was solved iu
Cincinnati yesterday by a young physician
named John Osborne stating that it was the
body of a colored man who died at the Cin?
cinnati Hospital and had been sent to the
Electric College as a subject.
The Texas State Senate yesterday, by a
vote of 21 to S, passed a prohibitory amend?
ment to the constitution, which will be sub?
mitted to the people for ratification at a
general election to be held for that purpose
on the first Thursday of August next.
Jos. Yillard, a Baltimore liniment vender,
was butned to death at an early hour this
morning at his boarding house in that city.
The unfortunate inau was dmuk when ho
entered his room, and it it supposed acci?
dentally set his clothing on lire while en
endeavoring to light a lamp.
Near Prosperity, S. C, Thursday, Monis
Shepherd, colored, quarreled with his wife
and then beat her in an inhuman manner.
He theu struck her u number of blows with
a handspike, and finished his cruel work by
crushing her ukull with j> rock, causing
the woman's death. Shepherd mad? his
A horrible murder occurred in Hoane
County, Tenu., yesterday evening. A man
named Newman and a fifteen year old girl
named Weaver, while in a wagon were fired
on by a man named Epps and both were
killed. The mother of the girl saw the as?
sassin when he lired. Epps is being pur?
sued by a pot.-,e of 200 men and will be.
lynched if caught.
Virginia Democrats in Washington.?
A meeting of the Virginia Democratic Asso?
ciation of Washington, was held at their
rooms in that city last night. Represenla
tivo W. 0. P. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, de?
livered an address in which ho said that
when tho democratic party camointo power
two years ago it was without leaders, and
that, the President was unknown to most of
the prominent men of tho party. Never
having been in any legislative body he was
untrained in the management of a groat
party, and it was to be expected that ho
would make mistakes, and while Mr. Cleve?
land had not done as the speaker would
have done, still be hail not thought proper
to criticise his actions.
Referring to Virginia he said if she cau be
kept in the democratic ranks all will be
well, but if not, then there was great danger
of the party not f-ucceeding in 1SSS. But,
said he, "you must beat Mahono aud let all
other questions go. First, make it cettain
that Virginia is democratic, and then it will
be time enough to talk about the tarill', civil
service, or oven the tobacco tax." Conclud?
ing he said if the democratic party gets out
of power it will be a long time before it will
ever get back again. The minutes of tho
last meeting were read from, and it appear?
ed that the committee appointed to ascer?
tain by what influence Mr. Abrahams wa3
appointed to a high position iu theTreaitiry
Department reported that they were unable
to agree upon a report, and they were then,
on motion, discharged from the farther con?
sideration of the eubject.
PROCEEDINGS against boycotters. ?In
the suit of the Old Dominion Steamship
Company against John J. McKenna et a!.,
in New York, Judge Brown has handed
down his decision on the motion of the de?
fendants for discharge from arrest. The de
fendenta were placed under arre?t for plac?
ing a boycott on the company during the
'longshoremen's strike. The court holds
that the defendents interfered with the bus?
iness of the company, which was that of a
common carrier, and therefore denies the
motion for release from arrest.
The Supremo Court of Connecticut, has
affirmed the decision of the superior court iu
imposing a fine on William Gliden, a print?
er, who attempted to enforce a boycott
agaiust the New Haven Journal and Courier.
Senator Riddleberger and the PRESI?
dent.?Senator Riddleberger saw President
Cleveland yesterday for the first lime. The
President greeted him cordially, said he was
glad to see him, and then, looking at him
quizzically, remarked, "You ere a pretty I
well abused man." "Yes," responded Sena?
tor Riddleberger, "I think we make a good
pair in that line, but with you it is repu?
tation and with me it is notoriety.,: The
President laughed heartily, and then the
two had a little chat.
Dr I. S. Stone, of Lincoln, London a county,
was appointed yesterday by Qov. Lee a member
of the State Board of Meiicul Examiners to till ;
the vacancy caused by the death of Dr. Wm. C. j
Dabney, of Charlottesville. I
Mr. Thomas W. Brockeubrough, one of
the oldest citizens of Richmond, died yes?
terday in that city, in the seventy-first year
of his age.
Mrs. Lucy Minnigerode, wife of the lato
Rev. William Hoxton daughter of Rev.
Charles Minnigerode, died in Richmond
The woo?en structure of the Shenaudoah
Valley Railroad over tho Potomac river at
Shepherdstown, is to he replaced with a
substantial iron bridge.
Four of the jurors that tried John Brown
are living, and among them is Mr. Wm.
Rightstine, of Jetlerscn county, tho father
cf Mr. Wm. Rightstine, of Riverton.
Lightning struck the residence of Daniel
Taylor, near Culpcper C. U.. during the
storm of Saturday and knocked thiugs
about, but did no serious damago.
Cornelius Johnson, a colored youth about
eighteen years old, was caught in the act
of burglariously opening the iron safe iu the
office of Joseph Hall & Co., iu Bichmoud,
The commissioners havo selected the Al?
len lot, at tbe western end of Franklin
street, Richmond, as tho site of tho Lee
monument, and have asked the City Coun?
cil to give them $20,000 for the preparatory
At the last meeting of the Warrentou
council, resolutions were adopted appoint
ing a committee to report, tho first meeting
in March whether the condition of the town
is 'iuch as to recommend a roduction of taxes
on real and personal properly from 40 to .".()
cents on the $100, and i' is understood that
they will report in favor of the reduction.
All the members of the .Supreme Court of
Appeals have refused Mr. \\\ L. Royall a
writ of error in tho judgment rendered in
the Richmond Hustings Court, by which
that gentleman was fined -950 for practicing
as a lawyer without, paying a license there
for. Mr. Royall in this case claimed that a
tender of coupons was a constructive pay?
ment of his license. Fie will carry his case
to the United States Supremo Court.
Gov. Lee to-day received the resignation
of State Senators W. E. Gaines, of Nottoway,
and Brown, of Franklin, the former a re?
publican and tho latter a democrat. Mr.
Gaines was elected to Congress frcm the
Fourth district, ami hence his resignation.
Mr. Brown h very old and iu feeble health,
which, no doubt, caused him to surrender
his sc-at in the Semite. The Governor will
probably order elections to he held iu these
two districts to fill the vacancie- caused by
The harbor of Trieste i3 now lighted by
Russia is to abolish the importation cf
iron into her dominion.
Franco has Bent a conciliatory note to the
Vatican on the ecclesiastical question.
Mr. Dillon arid his associates in the con?
spiracy case will he tried again in April.
Mr. Gladstone has made a permanent rc
duction in tho rents of tho larger farms at
Later esliatates Iis tho number of deaths
ro.-ulting from tho earthquake in France
and Italy at about 1,500.
Henry M. Stanley thinks Germany and
England should unite irr a protest against
Portugal's operations in Zanzibar.
A dispatch from Men tone says thai the
marriage of Christine Nilsson and the Count
Casa Mirai.da was solemnized there yester?
The British House of Commons last night,
by a vote of 261 to 02, rejeered .Mr. Parnell'd
amendment exempting from cloture tho
Committee on Supply. Mr. Sexton moved
the exemption from cloturo of any ejuestion
relating to the procedure. Tho motion was
negatived, 170 to SO.
The West Virginia Senatobship.?
The West Virgiuia Legislature adjourned
lft3t night without circling a United States
Ser-.ator to succeed Mr. Camden. Gov. Wil?
son will have the appointment of a Senator
to serve until the Legislature to ho elected
in IssS fella the vacancy. During the even?
ing democrats and republican beld confer?
ence with closed doors. In the republican
cjnference a motion was made that tho
members stay out of joint nssombly, in
which event the twelve recalcitrant dem?
ocrats would either have to break quorum
or see Garnelen elected, but the motion was
lost. In the democratic council heroic at?
tempts were made to agree on a man, but
non-caucus democrats rufused to corno to
terms unless the Camden men would bind
I themselves to drop Camden altogether,
I their idea being to hedge against thopos;ibil
I ity cf tho republicans going over to Camden
and electing him. Camden's friends refused
to accede to the terms oft he kickers, and the
conference adjouruetl without accomplish
ing auything. At 7:"J0 p. in. the two houses
met again in joint asssmbly and one ballot
was taken, resulting : Camden 28, Maxwell
.'!.'!, Morrow 10, Summerviile 9, balance scat?
tering. A motion wai made that the joint
assembly ho difsolved, and it was carried by
a vote of 47 to 42. The two houses adjourn?
ed at 12 midnight.
Court or Aiteals Yesterday.--Shoe?
maker ami others vs. Cake. From tho Cir?
cuit Court of Nansemond county. Reversed,
Judge Lacy delivering the opinion.
Smith vs. Wortham and als. From the
Circuit Court of Amberst county. Affirmed,
Judge Fauutleroy delivering the opinion,
Jud^e Richardson desenting.
Waller vs. Johnston and &\*. Frcm the
Corporation Court of tho city of Norfolk.
Affirmed, Judge Hinton delivering tbe opin?
Newton vs. Commonwealth. Writ of
error refused to judgment of Circuit Court
of Loudoun county, rendered 22d January,
Royall vs. Commonwealth. Writ of error
refused to judgment by the Hustings Court
of the city of Richmond on the "Jth'of Feb?
Virginia Midland Railway Company
vs. Reynolds. Dismissed by plaintiff iu
Fleming vs. Kelly. Argued by R. G. H. 1
Kean aud S. tirillin for appellant, and Maj.
T. J. Kirkpairick for appellees and .submit?
Fairfax Items.?The electoral board
met at the Court House Wednesday and ap?
pointed registrais, judges and commission
ers of election.
Captain Edgar Van Slyck, of Vienna,
after a serious illness of several days, died
on the evening of the I7;h, aged fifty-three i
In the County Court on Monday ad minis
tration orr the estate of Benjamin Barton
was granted to his widow, Mrs. Eliza D. j'
Barton ; bond $70,000. j <
Judge Chichester has appointed Thomas ? j
Holden, B. D. Utterback ar.d E. F. Simpson
commissioners to meet a .-.itidlar commission .
to be appointed by tho Prince William 1
County Court, to consult as to the propriety I
of building a bridge ovi-r Bull Run at or i
near tbe poiut where the road from Centre .
ville to Manassas crosses said tun.
The public schools pi Faiis Church will 1
close on Tuesday next, because ot lack of i
money to continue them till the usual time, i s
ASSOCIATED PRESS DISPATCHES
To-day's Proceedings ol ?ongress.
Washington, Feb. 2?, 1887.
The credentials of Mr. Reagan, as Senator
from Texa3, and of Mr. Bate, as Senator
from Tennessee, were presented and placed
Tn the latter case Mr. Hoar remarked that
the credentials were accompanied by a pa?
per purporting to be a commission from the
Governor, as if the Senator were a State
officer. He suggested that that paper should
be returned to Mr. Bate.
The presiding officer said that that course
would be taken.
Mr. Iugalls, from the committee on the
District of Columbia, reported a resolu
lion authorizing that committee to sit dur?
ing the recess for the purpose of investigat?
ing the question of steam and street railroads
in the District of Columbia with power to
send for person and papers and employ a
Numerous bills were reported from com?
mittees and placed on the calendar.
Mr. Plumb, irom the Conference Commit?
tee on the Postoffice appropriation bill, re?
ported disagreement on the subsidy sectioa,
and moved that the Senate insist and ask a
further conference. So ordered.
At one o'clock the presiding officer inter?
rupted proceedings and stated that the
hour had arrived for administering the oath
of office to his successor as president pro
tern. He returned thanks to the Senate for
its- kind courtesy and forbearance ; and af?
ter Mr. Ingalls had taken and subscribed to
the oath of office, be took tbe chair, and
said that while he would inevitably sutler
disparagement by contrast with the parlia?
mentary learning, skill, urbanity, and ac?
complishment of his illustrious predecessor,
he would strive to excel him in grateful ap?
preciation of the distinguished honor con?
A vole of thanks was then, on motiou of
Mr. Harris, given to the retiring presiding
The Speaker laid before the House a let
ter from Gen. Sheridan inviting, on behalf
of the Society of the Graud Army of the
Cumberland, the members of tbe House of
Representatives to attend the ceremonies of
tho unveiling of tbe statue of the late Major
Ueneral James A. Garlield, to take place in
Washington on May 12lh next. In view of
the fact that Congress will not be iu session
on that date, the General suggests that it
would he very gratifying to the society
should the Speaker appoiut u committee to
attend tho unveiliug ceremonies and offici?
ally represent the House of Representatives.
Referred to tho Committee on Library.
The space in front of the Speaker's table
was crowded with members eager to catch
the eye of the presiding officer and to make
requests for unanimous consent, but as each
was recognized there came a demand for
the regular order from Bome member sitting
in the rear of the hall, and no business was
Finally the Speaker recognized Mr. Wil?
lis, of Kentucky, who moved that the rulea
bo suspended and the Senate amendment to
the river and harbor appropriation bill non
Mr. Anderson, of Kansas, demanded a
second, pending which
Mr. Hepburn, of Iowa, moved that tho
House adjourn, and pending this motion
that when tho Hotiso adjourn it be to meet
on Tuesday next.
The latter motiou the Speaker ruled to
bo out of order pending a motion to suspend
tho ru'es, and tho motion to adjourn was
Mr. Hepburn then demanded the reading
of the bill,
Tho motion to suspend the rules and non?
concur in the Senate amendments was
agreed to?162 to 33, and tho House aoon
after went into Committee of tho Whole on
the naval appropriation bill.
More Eitrthqiinkc Shocks.
Charleston. S. C, Feb. 20". ?About six
o'clock tbia morning a alight earthquake
shock was felt here. At Summerville and
adjacent country the shock continued five
seconds. Tho direction of the wave was
from west to east. In one house a va9e waa
thrown down but no damage was done
anywhere. The ahock was ao alight that
many persons who were sleeping at the
time were not disturbed. This ia the first
disturbance worth mentioning since the be?
ginning of the new year.
Rome, Feb. 2b\?Three more ehocks of
earthquake were felt at Forli, in the Pro?
vince of Campobaaso yesterday. The bodies
of 700 persona who were killed by the earth?
quake last Wednesday have already been
taken from the ruina in Diano Marino and
it is known that many more bodies lie
buried under the fallen buildings. Almost
the entire populatiou of Diano Marino are
encamped on the seashore. Three hundred
communes were visited by the earthquake
and aa yet reports of the ca8uaHiea have
been received from but sixty.
The Recent Indiunn .llnrdcr.
Warsaw, Ind., Feb. 2G.?Mr8. Dunham,
the wife of Farmer Dunham, who, with his 1
child was eo brutally murdered, is now in a 1
fair way of secovery and, although not yet I
nble to make a statement that would* be ;
received in court, ahe can converee intelli- j
gently about the a?air and says she and her i
husband were in the barn getting ready to '
:lo the milking when Plew came in and soon (
;ot to quarrelling with ber husband, and in '
i short time they got to blows. She ran -
into the house, and in a few minutes Plew (
:ame into the house and felled her to the
Soor. The last she can remember i3 bearing j
:he baby cry with all its might. Plew has >
Qot yet had his preliminary trial and will -
not have it until Mrs. Dunham makes a
statement that will be accepted in court.
The German Election*
Paris, Feb. 26.- La Liberte, in an article on
tbe German elections, says: It < ar, rxoxt be
plainly seen that a blunder was made when
tbe provinces of Alsace-Lorraine?and more
especially the latter were annexed by Ger?
many. It is apparent that it would have
been better to have neutralized the pro
vince:s, as was suggested by sagacious minds
duiing the negotiations between France act]
Germany after tho war of lb70. The pape;
in conclusion asks: "Will not experience
inspire statesmeu with a desire to consider
whether a wise and just compromise could
not disarm the hatreds on both sides, ip.
pease distrust*, and avert the chati
Extra Session Probable.
Washington. Fib. 2r> ?1> .-pite
of tho President and of members ?
Houses of Congress to avoid the uea v
for a called session of the two bouses or s
special session of the Senate, the opinion is
eutertttined this morning by several Senator;
that matters in respect to the appropriation
bills arc rapidly drifting into a position, il
indeed thc-y haye not already reached it.
which make a called sessiou inevitable.
Accident to Gen. Butler.
New York, Feb. 2t!.?A dispatch freui
Philadelphia says: "Gen. Lenj. V. Butler
had a fall ou a slippery wooden sidewalk iu
this city this morning, causing a severe
wrench or possibly a dislocation cf the si
der. He is all tight otherwise and left Phil
adelphia to-day for Boston."
is on <h of Cardinal Jaeobiui.
Rome, Feb. 26.?Cardinal Jacobini did
at one o'clock this afternoon.
An Extra Session of the Legislature,
Governor Lee yesterday issued hi;- p
mation calling the Legislature to meet in
extra sessiou on March 16. While no men?
tion is made of it iu the proclamation, i: is
generally understood that the reason for re?
convening ths> Qeueral Assembly at tbi*
time is to consider the embarrassments that
have resulted to the Stati from the recent
coupon litigation in tho courts. Tho revis
ers of the code expect to have their work
completed by the lir.-t of April, and this
will have to be submitted to the Legislature.
Yesterday the Stale board of indemnity, ol
which Gov. Lee is a member, discussed tbe
debt question, but it is believed no measure
was suggested w hich promised to remedj
the present troubles. During tho pasl ta.i
weeks Gov. Leo has seen many democrat!
members of the Legislature und no d
received communications from others. He
has been considering tho question of ca
that body in extra session for some time
past, but it is probable did not until very
recently conclude to do so. It is quite cer?
tain that the ?lebt question will be the mi -
important measure that will be consider* i
at this called B( Bsion.
To the editor of the Alexandria>Gazt'
In reply to I ho card of Mr. Louis Kraft,
chairman of the citizens' committee, I bare
to ?ay that the term "self constituted* was i
intended to apply inTany reproachful senei I
of its members except such as had busied them?
selves about the affairs of my company. Iu com?
mon, I presume, with everybody else. I msidi n I
that the volunteering of any nuiabci ol persoi - to
do a good thing, especially when they did it ex?
ceedingly well, entitled them to thank-, not
blame; it wad the attempt to foreo others to m
If he will examine the files of the city ;
however, ho will see how easy it was foi mi
misled. The meeting to which be ref i
ou the night Of tbe 31st nil.; in a roportofil
of them on the Ist hist., it is said ;
"A committee has been out for sei
ing contributions to defray the necessary
pensos, and tho decision of the joint committee
will depend upon the soliciting ciraniittcc'j re?
Tho other paper said :
"Committees for the other companies were then
appointed to solicit subscriptions from the
zens and report at a future meeting."
On tho day following, the came pape r, in
Ing of the organization of tbe committee l is a
pointed, said :
"The committee consists of Messrs. R. T. I
John Donnelly, L. Brill, jr.. and If. A. A;;
As I am unwilling to do tho smallest
to any one, I cheerfully accept Mr. Kraifi
siou of the matter and withdraw t':. i
expression. Kit EtABO L. (' k
President Hydraolion<6. 1 E 0
First Lieutenant Jesup Nicholson
been placed on the retired list < ftha I
States marine corps.
William Uenzen, tho celebrated epigi
ist, is dead.
Safe, reliable, harmless and cheap U D
Bull's Cough Syrup. We do not wondi r i
"He saw before him the Gladiator die,
Yes, and he wouldn't perhaps, if there
only been a sensible man lo rub him
with Salvation Oil.
EIST OF LETTERS.
Tho following is a list of tho letters ren.?
the Alexandria postOffice February 2G.
Persons calling for letters will please Eay I ?
Advertised letters, not called for within thirty
days, will bo sent to the dead letter i
Adams, Mrs Maria McGrudcr, Mi
Barber, Mrs Sarah McClecry, Mrs Kati
Beach, Miss Hester Mason, Jamc ?
Boanger. Mr Maloy,
Brown, Mrs Emily Moore, Mr a
Carter, Miss Harriet Minor, Jordan
Caton, Miss Annie Nelson, < leorge
Corley, Capt Albert O'Bann on, Miss R h
Cox, Mrs Cecelia A Owens, William
Corbie, Miss Emma Pettitt, John
Crump, Chas M Sampson, Miss Boa
Dobbs, Scott Saunders, Mrs H i ?
Duncan, Capt A A Seaton, John A
Fones, Miss Annie V Section. Mrs Fanny
Gaskins, Mrs Maria Smith, Bob) 11
(Jordon, Miss Annie, 2 Suydcr. Mir Emi
Soltek, Peter B Stevern, Mrs ran
Hall, Mis3 Nellie Swords. Emma Jane
Heath, Mrs Tnylor. Milton, -i
Binton, Oliver Thompson, I
Holmes, Mrs Wm Webster, Mr- Emm i
Hutchinson, A L Woodson, H
W. W. HEBBEBT, P M
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