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Corn planting has begun in Texas.
The building for the Melbourne in
ternational exhibition is to cost £05,-
Street cars manufactured in Bridge
port, Conn., find sale in London, Eng
At Pensacola, Fla., turtles weighing
two hundred and fifty pounds are
The rate ot taxation for state pur
poses in Florida has been fixed this year
at five mills on the dollar.
At the present rate of increase of the
Slav race, Russia will have 800,000,000
of inhabitants in fifty years.
Quails are becoming scarcer in Ore
gon every year, as sportsmen and trap
pers slaughter them indiscriminately at
all seasons.
It has been proposed in the Texas
legislature that the state fit up a print
ing office in which deaf mutes shall be
employed on state printing.
The American consul at Florence in
forms Mr. Evarts that American man
ufacturers could successfully lurnish
steel wheels to the Italian railways.
It is proposed to celebrate at Pom
peii this summer the eighteen hun
dredth anniversary of the destruction
©f that city by an eruption from Vesu
The labors of Elder W aite at revival
meetings in Portsmouth, N. H., have
been followed by two cases of insanity,
caused by religious excitement.
Mr. Gladstone has declined taking
the initiative, though pledging his sup
port, for the abolition of the “ feeling
market ” system of hiring agricultural
labor in Scotland.
About a dozen mechanics in Lewis
ton, Me., whose funds are limited, are
trying to charter a box car to take them
to California. Their plan is to board
themselves on the w r ay, doing their cook
ing in the car.
The attorney general of Tennessee
has decided, relative to the enforcement
of Sunday laws In Memphiis taxing dis
trict, that a barber shop is regarded by
the law a necessity, and therefore can
not be forced to close on Sunday,
Caviare is among the articles tabooed
vehicle of plague, and the Berliners are
avoiding it, oblivious of the fact that
most of what they get conies from no
further than the Elbe or Danube.
The beautiful castle of Miramar,
near Trieste, which Maximilian built
ard lived in before*’his departure for
Mexico, is still splendidly kept up by
the Emperor Francis Joseph’s orders
as a souvenir of his unfortunate broth
Police surveillance in Berlin has be
come so stringent that masqueraders
who assume the attire of knights, ban
dits, and similar cnaracters are forbid
den to carry the swords and other weap
ons that belong to their costumes, with
out a special permit.
The Oxford university calendar for
1879, gives the number of undergradu
ates as 2/763, against 2,679 last year; but
the names of many undergraduates are
retained on the books who have left
without taking a degree, so that a con
siderable reduction must be made from
these figures.
The sleeping hours of a plant were
changed recently by a French chemist,
by exposing it to a bright light at night
and placing it in a dark room during
the daytime. At first the leaves open
ed and closed irregularly, but at length
submitted to the change, unfolded at
night and opened in the morning.
Dr. Samuel Eliot, superintendent of
the public schools of Boston, says:
“Physical pain, or th# fear of it, noth
ing, in fact, that is itself no motive, and
that appeals to none, can be a necessi
ty in school. Only duty, only the love
of duty, only a motive, and one leading
to other motives, can be called a neces
sary part of education. Here, positive,
ont negative forces are essential.”
Count Moltke has directed the gen
eral staff to make the Afghan war a sub
ject of special study. The German war
office follows the events in Afgiianistan
with unremitting interest, and a partic
ular department has been instituted to
take notice of what is going on and to
report regularly to Count Moltke upon
the progress of the campaign. Several
German officers at the beginning of the
war solicited leave from the British
government, to accompany the invad
ing force as spectators, but under the
circumstances permission was refused.
Toledo, 0., is threatened with anoth
er post-office war.
Sterling, 111., has elected an anti
license ticket.
The Wisconsin legislature adjourned
sine die March sth.
The national greenback convention
met in Chicago March 4th.
The supreme court of lowa meets at
Council Blutfs on the 17th inst.
The City bank of Oswego, N. Y., 1 as
gone into the hands of a receiver.
The California constitutional conven
tion after a long session, adjourned sine
die March 3rd.
A boiler, explosion at Stockton, Cali
fornia, on the 22 nd of Feb., resulted in
the death of six or eight men.
The amount of claims alreauy nmi
against Arctibishon Purcell amount to
The net earnings of the Union Paci
fic railroad for the year ending Dec. 31,
1878, were $7 931,672.
The president’s veto of the Chinese
bill is strongly denounced by the Cali
fornia press.
The Lincoln public school at Ottum
wa, lowa, was destroyed by fire March
4th. Loss $20,000; insured for SII,OOO.
An explosion of sulphuric acid near
Pottsville, Pa., March sth, resulted in
the death of three men.
The new director of the mint, Hon.
H. C. Burchard, of 111., took possession
of his office March sth.
Gov. Robinson, of New York, has
presented to the senate formal charges
against the state superintendent and
recommends his removal.
An anti-liquor license ticket has been
nominated for city officers at Cham
paign, 111., headed by Colonel Frank
Wilcox for Mayor.
California will net he represented iwi
the lower branch of congress at the ex
tra session, the election tor members
not being held until next September.
Notwithstanding the women of Sa
bula, lowa, labored hard in unison with
the temperance men, to elect the tem
perance ticket on the 4th iust., the
license men carried the day.
Rev. Sanford Hunt, of Buffalo, has
been chosen senior book agent and pub
lisher in charge of the Methodist Book
Concern, in place of the late Rev. Reu
ben Nelson.
It is repoiicd from Winnepeg that
the Dominion government are going to
prevent American boats running in the
Canadian waters of the Red river this
The Irish-Catholic societies of Toron
to, Canada, resolved to walk as usual on
St. Patrick’s day this year, and intend
inviting all Irish Protestants to join the
The academy at Lake Forest, 111.,
{preparatory department of the Lake
Forest University), north of Chicago was
destroyed by fire March Ist. Loss
about $12,000.
A Des Moines special of March 4th
says the city and town elections held
yesterda}", so far as heard from, show
decided gains for the license party over
the prohibitionist, this generally being
the work of exciting local questions.
A “Centennial safe” containing a lot
r.f + 1 * -^louuguisnea
was locked up at Washington the other
day, and it is not to be opened till 1970,
and then by the president of the United
By the bursting of a kerosene lamp
at Fond du Lac, Wis., last week, a
young woman by the name of Josephine
McHugh was fatally burned and died
in horrible agony. She was an employe
of the Patty House.
The very Rev. Martin Kundig, vicar
general of Milwaukee, died of conges
tion of the heart in that city March
j6th, aged 74. He was born in Switzer
land, came to Milwaukee in 1842, and
had been vicar-general 15 years.
New Hampshire will be represented
by only one senator in the extra session
of congress, unless the governor shall
appoint a senator to act until the legis
lature can elect a successor to Mr.
Wadleigh, whose term of office expired
March 4th.
It is said that the Texas Pacific lobby
will move on the new congress, and en
deavor to get a bill passed at the extra
session. The leaders assert that the
new congress will be more favorable to
then scheme than the one wh’ch has
just expired.
The republican state convention of
Michigan met at Lansing March 6th,
and nominated the following candidates:
For associate judge of the supreme
court, the present incumbent, James
V. Campbell,of Detroit; for regents of
the universiiy E. O. Grosoenors, of
Jonesvilie, and James Shearer, of Bay
In the Illinois senate nineteen bills
are pending for the regulation of gas,
express, telegraph, and other compan
ies, in most of which the power of the
legislature to regulate, suspend and
oversee, as well as to fix specfiic rates of
charges, is asserted in the most decided
A Richmond, Va., dispatch says the
state-debt-paying party in the legisla
ture was forced to yield, and the bill was
killed. Nothing can therefore be done
toward paying the debt until another
legislature is convened. It is thought
the governor will call an extra session.
The winter packing season of 1878-9
closed March Ist, and the number of
hogs packed by Chicago packers from
November 1,1878 will not vary much
from 2,845,000 head, against 2,504,285
for the same period last season.
A Fond du Lac, Wis., d : spatch of
March Ist says a respectable German
named Helm was found dead and mu
tilated on lloricon Marsh yesterday. His
watch, buffalo coat, and a large sum of
money which he was known to have was
missing. No clew to perpetrators of the
At Dubuque, lowa, last week, while
making a shift of men at Brugh & Ams
den’s mineral diggings Saturday night,
at 12 o’clock, Charles Schoenthal, a mi
ner, made a mistake, falling headlong
down a shaft, 100 feet deep, mangling
his body in a horrible manner. Death
ensued six hours subsequently. He j
was a married man, 31 years of age.
An Ottawa, Canada, dispatch says:
The contract awarded to Morse & Cos.,
for the sixty-seven miles of the Canada
Pacific railway between Eagle river and
Keewaten has been refused by them,
and the minister of public works has ac
cordingly awarded the contract to An
drews, Jones <fc Cos., and has called on
them to make the necessary deposits
and give security as speedily as possible.
A Winona, Minn., dispatch, March
Gth says Warner, the Chicago lightning
rod man, in custody here to
wait trial for stealing rods from
the St. Charles Depot, made ten
der of SOOO bail to-day, ami was
re-arrested on another charge of for
gery. It is charged that he raised a
note of SBO to SIBO. He was put under
additional bonds of SSOO for examination
on Thursday.
The little city of Reno, Nevada, was
visited by a fire on the 2nd hist., which
destroyed nearly every business house,
the hotels, places of amusements, ex
press and telegraph offices, depot,
freight warehouse, several cars, an en
gine, and many private residences.
The loss is estimated at $1,000,000,
which is coveied by only $150,000 of in
surance. Five persons are known to
have perished in the llames.
Both houses of the Minnesota legis
lature have passed a bill regulating the
grading and measurement of wheat.
The new system, to be known as Min
nesota standard grade, includes seven
grades from No. 1 extra to No 4 standard
and rejected standard. Grain must be
measured only in the legal half-bushel,
by the prescribed methods. The other
sections make a refusal of purchasers
or agents to grade or measure wheat as
above a misdemeanor, punishable by
fine or imorisonment.
A Moline, 111., dispatch of March Ist
says:. Among the prisoners who broke
out of jail here to-night is Zack Wilson,
charged with the murder of McDonald,
at Plymouth, two years ago. He is
about 5 feet 8 inches high, black hair
and mustache, has a scar on his neck,
aged about 35 years, and is very pale
from confinement in jail. Sheriff Tay
lor offers a reward of SIOO for the arrest
of Wilson. Four of the prisoners were
captured before they got out of town,
and are now in jail.
Very heavy rains swept over Cali- j
fornia last week. A dispatch says
Yuba and Feather rivers are high.
Outer levees of Marysville broke this
morning. The suburbs were placed un
der water; inside of the levee protected
the city. Much damage was done to
property in the Russian river valey.
Six inches of rain fell; the river over
flowed its banks and flooded the valley;
bridges were earned away; the North
Pacific railroad was washed out so that
it cannot be repaired for several dive.
A Los Angelos dispatch says the re
servoir with 100,000,000 gallons of
water broke this morning, so far horn
the city, however, that the damage is
confined to flooding streets and celhrs.
At Boston, March sth, the stockhold
ers of the Union Pacific railroad ccm
pany, in annual meeting, elected -he
following directors for the ensuing year:
Sidney Dillon, New’ York; F. Gordon
Dexter, Boston; Elisha Atkins, Bosten;
Russell Sage, New York; Solon Hum
phreys, New York; Jay Gould, Nev
York; John Sharp, Salt Lake City; S.
H. H. Clark, Omaha: David Dows, Nev
York; James R. Keene. New York-,
William L. Scott, Erie, Pa.; E. H. Bak
er, Boston; Fred L. Ames, Boston; Ad
dison Cammack, New York; and W. A.
H. Loveland, Golden, Col. The largest
stockholder is Jay Gould, who voted in
his own right upon 123,700 shares, and
on 20,000 shares by proxy. Sidney Dil
lon holds 27,700 shares; Russell Sage
21,650, Oliver Ames 37,000.
Eberhard Faber, founder and head
of the great lead pencil house, died in
New York March 3rd. He was born
near Nuremberg, Bavaria, Dec. 6, 1822,
the youngest son of George Leonard
Faber, son of A. vV r . Faber, and grand
son of Casper Faber, who first began the
manufacture of Faber’s pencils in 1861.
In 1849 Mr. Faber came to N. Y. and
opened a branch house of A. W. Faber.
The business was at first conducted
simply as an agency to the main house
in Germany, the pencils being import
ed at great expense from the parent
establishment. Mr. Faber con
ceived the idea of manufac
turing his own goods in this
country. In 1861 he built the first
lead-pencil manufactury in America.
Labor-saving machinery was introduced
to reduce the difference between the
price of labor in Europe and America.
In this factory *were made all grades
of pencils upon which an excessive
duty was charged. Mr. Faber, as
years passed, enlarged his plans and
manufactured penholders, rubber goods,
and almost everything connected with
the stationery trade. At the time of
his death the entire product of a rubber
factory in New Jersey was absorbed by
him in the manufacture of rubber
Says the New York Tribune of March
5: The Vanderbilt will contest came to
an abrupt conclusion to-day. It is
well known, though not generally ac
knowledged, that the termination has
been brought about by a compromise
which involved also the pending suit
of Cornelius Vanderbilt against W. H.
Vanderbilt. Some of the evidence
which the two plaintiffs—Mrs. Leban
and her brother —were prepared to sub
mit in the event of the further contest
of their claim was told to Judge Kapal
lo, and on the latter’s advice negotia
tions and compromises followed. Cor
nelius J. Vanderbilt is to re
ceive $1,000,000 and his expens
es in the suit in the supreme
court, andJMrs, Leban, now Mrs. Bar
ger, a like amount and costs, and the
will of the late Comrnodre Vanderbilt is
to remain uncontested. It is under
stood that all the other heirs have been
satisfied, and that numerous individual
beneficiaries by the memoranda left bv
the testator with William H. Vander
bilt will recive their full claims.
News of the Ameer’s death is again
Signor Fanfani, the most eminent of
Italian lexicographers, is dead.
Gens. Wood and Pearson are making
it very hot for the Zulu’s who begin to
The manufacturers in England are
still cutting wages and shutting;down
the works.
England contemplates sending
another commander to the South Afri
can seat of war.
Yakoob Khan has offered to make
terms of peace with England if given
an opportunity to do so.
The French Atlantic cable is broken
IGI miles from St. Pierre, Miqueron,
in 500 fathoms of water.
Taafe, who recently failed to form a
Cabinet in Vienna, is not a Welshman,
but, like MacMahon, of Irish descent.
M. Paul Gervais, the distinguished
paleontologist and professor at tiie Jar
din des Plantes, died recently in hisG3d
year. He was the author of numerous
1 The hatchet with which Captain Cook
was killed was exhibited, together with
his log, at the celebration of the Captain
Cook centenary by the French Geo
graphical Society. The hatchet belongs
to tiie Donai Museum.
Telegrams from Paris state that, a
Chilian squadron is blockading Mexil
lones, Antofogasta and Caractes. It is
reported that a Chilian force has land
ed and taken possession of the nitrate
The revolutionary classes in Russia
continue to show great activity. It is
thought the nihilists are engaged in cir
culating nlague rumors in older to em
barrass the government.
The French cabinet, has fallen into
great trouble. Clemencean has suc
ceeded Gambetta as leader of the ex
treme left. It is probable that the en
tire cabinet will resign.
The recent storm in Switzerland
caused a damage estimated at 4,000,000
francs. In the Lousanne district alone
400,000 trees were felled.
Prince Dondoukoff Korsakoff will
command the Russian forces in Eastern
Roumelia. The Russian authorities
give assurance of their intention to ful
til the conditions of the treaty of Berlin.
It is believed that (he Biitish govern
ment is about to lay a cable to Zanzi
bar, Mauritius and Natal from Aden,
where it would join the Eastern Tele
graph company’s system.
A St. Petersburg cablegram says
that Professor Botkin declares, notwith
standing the opinion to the contrary of
the Medical Commission, that the dis
ease of the footman in St. Petersburg is
a of Astrakhan plague.
A London dispatch informs us that
trade difficulties continue. The County
Miners’ Association refuse the wages of
fered by the masters, and the Clyde
shipwrights are looking to united action
against their employers.
A recent telegram from Tashkend
states that after the death
of Shere Ali at Mozan Shenf, a
bloody conflict broke out among the
followers of various pretenders to the
Afghan throne and partisans of Yakoob.
Many of the leading French journals
make a savage attack upon Leon Say,
minister of finance, for his method of
converting the five per cent, rentes.
The minister is charged with being a
torfl of the Rothschilds. His resignation
is looked for.
Princess Lucien Murat died recently
in Paris. Shown-a the daughter of a
Scotch officer of the Clan Fraaer, settled
lin this country, and married the second
son of Napoleon’s famous officer in
1831. They went to France in 1848, and
since the fall of the empire have lived
in retirement.
The streets of Berlin have been terrib
ly clocked with snow this winter. From
December 11 to the end of January
HO,OOO cart-loads had been carted away,
aid 250,000 marks (about $62,500) had
spent in cleaning the streets, and
yit several of them remained impassa
General Chanzy, late Governor Gen
e.al of Algeria, is to go to St. Peters
burg as French ambassador, to succeed
General Le Flo, who was also once Gov
ernor of Algeria, where he befriended
tie present Czar many years ago, then
Grand Duke and traveling in that coun
tiy. General Le Flo retires on account
of old age.
The Times in an editorial article says
Yakoob Khan will probably succeed
Shere Ali. Once he is firmly set on the
throne of Afghanistan, it would be the
policy of all Indian governments to
recognize him as the de facto ruler, and
admit favorably any advances he may
make with a view r to a termination of
the w r a.r.
A Brussels dispatch of March 3rd
says: The royal castle of Teronven
has been destroyed by fire. Ex-Em
press Carlotta, widow of the late em
peror Maximillian, of Mexico, who has
been insane for many years, resided in
the castle of Teronven, which was de
stroyed by fire to-day. She w T as safely
removed from the castle and is now at
the royal palace at Lucken, near Brus
A London dispatch of the 3rd inst.
says the Spanish steamer Guillermo,
from Ballomore for Liverpool, and the
British steamer Istrian from Liverpool
for Boston, came into collision yester
day, Sunday, four miles southeast of
Skerries. The Guillermo afterwards
took fire and sank. A majority of the
crew were saved by an Irish steamer.
The captain and several of the crew
were injured and a number are missing,
but are supposed to be on board the
steamer bound for Dublin.
Geo. F. Seward practically triumphed
in his long trial.
All night sessions were held during
the last week of the 45th congress.
The national debt was increased in
the amount of $311,411 daring the
month of February.
A motion to pass the Northern Pacific
railroad extension bill was defeated
March Ist in the house.
Gen. Butler’s individual report up
on the Potter investigation, makes the
document some 200 pages.
The Potter committee finished its
work and submitted majority and mi
nority reports to congress on the 3rd of
Both houses of congress held contin-
uous sessions from Saturday morning
until Monday morning the 3rd inst.,
sitting through Sunday.
The judiciary committee of the house
of representatives completely exoner
ate Judge Blodgett, of Chicago, of the
charges preferred against him.
After a long contest between differ
ent aspirants, the president appointed
ex-congressman Lorenzo Crounse col
lector of internal revenue for Nebraska.
It is understood that a message veto
ing the river and harbor appropriation
bill was prepared, but under great
pressure the executive signature was
Late on the night of March 3rd, the
committee of conference on legislative,
executive and judicial appropriation
bill concluded that it would be impossi
ble for them to agree.
The president’s veto of the anti-Chi
nese immigration bill was sent to con
gress March Ist. The veto is based up
on the ground that it was contrary to
the provisions of the Burlingame treaty,
as well as to the national policy.
All the annual appropriation bills ex
cept the legislative, executive and
judicial bill and the army bill were
signed by the president and have be
come laws, together with the bill mak
ing the requisite appropriation to pay
arrears of pensions.
The President has nominated Wal
-S. Cox, of Washington, associate
justice of the supreme court of the
District of Columbia: Peter A. Williams
United States Marshal of the southern
district of Florida; Dennis Eagan, col
lector of internal revenue for Florida
During the months of Tanuary and
February, $250,000,000 of 6 j>er cent,
government bonds w’ere called in by the
United States treasury department, to
be paid with the proceeds of subscrip
tions to the 4 per cents, making an an
nual saving of $500,000 in interest.
The report of the Reno court of in
quiry, after giving the history of events
immediately preceeding the battle of
the Little Bighorn, and parts taken by
Major Reno’s command in the fight,
says the conduct of the officers
throughout was excellent, and while
subordinates in some instances did
more for the safety of the command by
a brilliant display of courage than did
Major Reno, there was nothing in his
conduct which requires animadversion
from this court.
A special dispatch says, it is intimat
ed that the president will direct the sec
retary of war to expend only such ap
propriations in the river and harbor bill
as are for works of a national charac
ter, and not touch any of the money
appropriated for small creeks that will
hardly float wash tubs. President Grant
followed this course once when appro
priations -were made late in the sum
mer, and saved the country several
millions of dollars. It is in president
Hayes’ power to save as large an
amount out of the appropriations con
tained in the river and harbor bill, just
passed, and he is disposed to do it.
An associated press dispatch of
March 4th says; Notwithstanding
the partisan feeling which pos
sessed both sides of the house
during the night session, there was a
lemarkahle absence of personal passion.
On one occasion Mr. Springer tried to
get in some remarks: Mr. Butler plant
ed himself squarely in front of him and
discharged a volley of “ I object,” each
louder and more emphatic than the
other, and he kept at it until he carried
his point. As he walked to his desk
again, he gave as a reason for his dem
onstration, that be was not going to
listen to abuse of a friend of his. There
was less of tumult and uproar than at
almost any other time, last night, and
not the least sign of hilariousness. The
attendance of members all through the
22 hours of the sitting was large, and
when the vote indicated an absence of
a quorum, it was generally because
members refrained from voting. Some
of the oldest members showed the least
signs of fatigue, and after a recess of
five hours and three quarters, they
were among the earliest in attendance.
Proclamation Re-couvening Congress.
The following is the proclamation of
the president convening congress in
extra session on the 18th inst.:
By the President of the United States of
America —A Proclamation:
Whereas, The final adjournment of
the 45th congress without making the
usual and necessary appropriations for
legislative, executive and judicial ex
penses of the government for the fiscal
year ending June 30, 1880, and without
making the usual and necessary appro
priations for the support of the army
for the same fiscal year, presents an
extraordinary occasion, requiring the
president to exercise the power vested
in him by the constitution, to convene
the two houses of congress, in anticipa
tion of the day fixed by law for their
next meeting:
Now, therefore, I, Rutherford B.
Hayes, president of the United States,
do, by virtue of the power to this end
vested in me by the constitution, con
vene both houses of congress, to as
semble at their respective chambers at
12 o’clock, noon on Tuesday, the 18tb
day of March, instant, then and there
to consider and determine such meas
ures as in their wisdom, their duty and
the welfare of the people may seem to
In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand, and caused the seal of the
United States to be affixed.
(Signed) R. B. Hayes.
By the president.
Wm. M. Evarts, Sec’y of State.
Doctors Gave Him Up.
" la it possible that Mr. Godfrey is up
and at work, and cured by so simple a
“ I assure you it is true that he is en
tirely cured, and with nothing but Hop
Bitters and only ten days ago his doctors
gave him up and said he must die!”
“ Well-a-day! If that is so, I will go
this minute and get some for my poor
George. I know hops are good.”
The mania for spending large sums
in forts and big guns still obtains in Ita
ly. The forts around Spezia are now
receiving a supply of 100-ton guns, cast
at Turin, to be placed so as to com
mand the entrance of the vast harbor.
Friday, Feb. 28— Senate— The pen
sion appropriation bill with several
amendments passed and the sundry civil
bill was taken up. Adjourned.
Friday, Feb. 28— House. —'The postof
fice appropriation bill was taken up, and
ihe Brazilian subsidy amendment made
by the senate, w-as rejected, as were other
senate amendments. A conference com
mittee was ordered. In the evening sev
eral pension and disability bills were
Saturday, March I—Senate1 — Senate. — The
senate discussed the appropriation bills
and other matters upon which there is a
disagreement with the house. An amend,
ment to the sundry civil bill was passed,
giving D. T. Corbin (S. C.) $lO,OOO to de
fray his expenses in contesting the seat
in the senate held by M. C. Butler. The
Northern Pacific bill was killed. At 13
midnight the senate was still in session
discussing the reports of conference
Saturday, March I—House.—At1 — House. —At mid
night the house was still in session on
the appropriation bills with every indi
cation of iiolding a Sunday session.
Monday, March 3- Senate. — The sen
ate held a continuous session through
Sunday, and Sunday night on the ap
propriation bills and conference reports.
On Monday the vote by which the
amendment pensioning Mexican war
veterans passed, was reconsidered, the
amendment rejected, and the arrears of
pension bill was then passed. The Teller
committee was authorized to sit during
the congressional recess. The census
bill with house amendments passed.
Conference reports were adopted and
various house amendments agreed to.
The conference committees on the legis
lative, executive and judicial appropri
ation bill, and the army bill, reported
that they could not agree with the house.
Monday, March 3 — House. —The North
ern and Kansas Pacific bills were refer
red to the committee of the whole and
will come up early next session. Con
ference reports on the fortification, civil
sundry, and the river and harbor bill,
were adopted. The house then took a
recess to await further conference re
Tuesday, March 4— Senate. —The sen
ate during the last hours of its sitting re
fused to recede from its amendment to
the legislative and army appropriation
bills. Thos. TV. Ferry was elected pres
ident pro tern. A few private bills pass
ed and the senate declared adjourned
without day.
Tuesday, March 4 — House. — Mr. Potter
at 4 a. m. presented the majority report
of the electoral investigation committee.
The committee appointed to investigate
charges against Judge Blodgett of Chi
cago reported no cause of action. The
McGowan health bill passed. The sen
ate amendment to the arrears of pension
bill were concurred in. After one of
the most stormy debates in the history of
congress the house adjourned sine die at
noon, and the 45th congress ended.
There still remained unfinished the legis
lative, executive and judicial and the
army appropriation bills, which neces
-1 sitate an extra session.
A Circular from the Treasury.
The secretary of the treasury issued
the following circular concerning the is
sue of 4 per cent, bonds, consols of
Washington, March 4,1879. f
Notice is given, that when outstand
ing 5-20 six per cent, bonds of the
United States are covered by subscrip
tions to the four per cent, consols, the
latter will be withdrawn from sale upon
the terms proposed by the department
circular of January Ist, 1879, and upon
the terms stated in the contract with
Rothschild and others of January 21st,
1879. The amount of 5-20 six per cent,
bonds outstanding, and embraced in
calls to this date is, $88,079,800. When
this sum is covered by subscriptions
under the existing circular and con
tract, all further sales of four per cent,
consols to provide for refunding 10-40-
5 per cent bonds will be made upon
the terms which will probably be less
favorable iO purchase, and in accord
ance with new proposals and contracts.
This notice is given so that all parties
washing to subscribe for consols upon
the terms stated in the circular and
contract may have an opportunity to
do so until the 5-20 bonds are called.
(Signed.) John Sherman.
Secretary of the Treasury.
Debt Statement.
The following debt statement was
issued from the treasury department
March Ist:
Six percent, bonds £640,105,25f
Five per cent, bonds 708,266,650
Four and a halt per cent, bonds 250, 000,000
Four percent, bonds 406,P00,000-
Total coin bonds 2.014,271,900
Matured debt 6,372,930 >
Legal tenders 346,742.94 P
Certificates of deposits . 46,100,000
Fraction'll currency 15,986,412
Gold and silver certificates .... 19,087,680
Total without interest £427.917,033
Total debt, £2 448,561,863
Total interest 24,938? 176 .
Cash in treasury— 447,292,498-
Currency held forredernption of frac
tional currency $5,519,74!
Special deposits held lor redemption
of certificates of deposit 48.100,000
Total in treasury $447,292, 498
Debt less *ash in treasury 2,023*207.541,
Increase during February 811,411
Bonds issued to Pacific Railway Cos ,
interest payable in lawful money.
principal outstanding 61-623,572.
Interest accrued and not yet paid 646,235
Interest paid by United States 41,773,745-
Interest repaid by transportation of
mails, &c 10,658,076-.
Balance of interest paid by United
States 51,115,668
Extra Sessions.
There have been six extra sessions
called, in the history of congress, beside
that just ordered by President Hayes.
Adams called one in 1797 to prevent,
the threatened war with France; Van
Buren called one in 1837 to remedy the
financial distress of the country after
the great panic; Harrison called one in
1841 to consider revenue matters;
Fierce called one in 185 G, w hich was the
first time an appropriation bill failed,
which w r as the army bill, because a pro
viso prohibiting the use of troops in
Kansas against free-soilers was attached
to it. It was during this session that
the long fight was made in the organi
zation of the house, resulting in the
election of Banks as speaker, and this
was the time when Sumner was attack
ed in the senate chamber by Brooks.
In 1861 President Lincoln called an ex
tra session to provide for the emergencyy
of the war.

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