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CURBENT TOPIGS.1 It has been ascertained by the Com missioners of the Permanent School Fund of the State of Kansas that a num ber of School District bonds purchased by them, purporting to have been regu larly issued by various School Districts in Mitchell, Jewell and Hepublic Coun ties, are forgeries. The bonds were bought at , different times be ;tween the 2d of September and 7th of November last, and in payment therefor the Commissioners issued or ders upon the State Treasury amount ing in the aggregate to $17,S-1S. The Commissioners claim that Statq Trea surer Lappin wrongfully and illegally paid out the money upon these orders to parties who were not properly identi fied, and have requested the Govjernor to take legal measures to recover from the Treasurer and his bondsmen the money so paid out. Governor Osborne has therefore suggested to Treasurer Lappin, that under the circumstances it would be advisable for him to resign his office during the pendency of the in vestigation, and the Treasurer has com plied with the request, at the same time disclaiming that ho has at any time in tentionally disregarded his duties. It is understood that the Secretary of the Treasury has decided to recommend to Congress that the new mint for the coinage of silver be located at Indianap olis, and that the old United States Ar senal building there, now in disuse, be used for that purpose. This is in accord ance with the report of the Director of the Mint, who was instructed to investi gate and report'upon the most favorable location for the purpose. New Tonic's latest horror is the mur der of Sarah Alexander, a young wo man, whose dead body was found a few days ago in a corn-field, in East New York. She had been killed by being stabbed, with a tobacco knife. The knife was found near bv, and its former possession traced to one Pesach N. Pvubenstein, who has been arrested and held for trial upon the finding of the Coroner's jury. A post-mortem exami nation of the dead body disclosed the fact that the girl was pregnant, and from the fact that she had been intimate with Iiubenstcin, and that the latter had a wife in the old country whose arrival here was soon expected, there seems to be little doubt that he committed the horrible crime. Both the murderer and his victim are Polish Jews. A terrihlk explosion occurred in South Boston, Mass., on the evening of the 22d, caused, it is supposed, by the leakage of a gas main. The street pave ment was torn up for a distance of 150 feet, the paving-stones and gravel being thrown liigh in air. A causeway along the river bank was demolished, and fell into the water, carrying with it a num ber of people. Crosby's grain warehouse was badly shattered and the foreman killed. One other person is known to have been killed, while the wounded number 16, of whom more than one half are fatally or seriously injured. In addition to this a number of persons are missing, some of whom were un doubtedly buried under the debris at the bottom of the river. President Grant and General Sher man occupied seats to the right and left of the presiding officer at the annual dinner of the New England Society in New York on the night of the 22d. Gen. Sherman made a speech in Avhich he highly eulogized New England and the New England people. The Commercial Loan and Trust Company of Chicago has suspended. It was at first confidently asserted that the company would pay every depositor in full, but later information is to the effect that depositors cannot expect over 80 cents on the dollar. The company did a large savings deposit business, and its suspension falls heavily on some poor people. Information has been recently re ceived that an expedition of about two thousand men, sent by the Khedive un der the command of Gen. Arendrop, a Dane, to subjugate the Abyssinians, was drawn into ambush and nearly every man slaughtered. Many officers were literally hacked in pieces, their heads stuck on spears before the Abyssinians' tents, and their bodies sent to wild beasts. An expedition, comprising 12, 000 meninfantry, cavalry and artillery, is to set out from Cairo without delay, and will be joined by every American officer in the Egyptian service. SAVANNAH, I wi Dispatches from San Diego, Cal., on the 23d, are to the effect that a Seri ous revolution is in progress in Sonora. Basiness is almost entirely prostrated. General Schofield has ordered Com pany G, First Cavalry, from Presidio to San Diego for service on the border near iCampo. A dispatch from Tucson re ports that Pesquiera, the Governor of Sonora, with GOO men, had retreated across the line into Arizona. Gov. Stafford, of Arizona, has telegraphed Gen. Kautz, commanding the district, asking him to send troops to drive the armed forces back to Sonora, and prevent the troops of either side crossing the line. The revolutionists assert their intention of continuing the contest with Pesquiera 's Government. According to a "Washington special to the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Kandall, after full consultation with the mem bers of the Appropriation Committee, a close examination of the estimates submitted from the Departments, and a personal interview with leading officials in the various Departments, maintains his belief that he will be able to reduce the annual expenditures at least $40, 000,000. He takes from the Army and Navy establishments $10,000,000 from each. This involves a reduction of the Arm to 15,000 men, and a gradual mustering out or discharge of super numerary officers, and also the sale of the small ships and iron-clads of the Navy, and a corresponding induction among the force of officers, seamen and marines. Mr. Kandall feels confident that he will obtain the support of the Kcpublicans of his Committee, and the majority of the Kcpublicans on the floor for these two measures of retrench ment. Tin: French Senate is to contain 300 members. Of these, 75 have been olnctoil hv llin Assnmhlv ;iml 9".i nrn In ii 4 i i i our Senators are elected by the States. The former hold their scats for life: the latter serve for a term of years. Bal loting for life-Senators began in the As sembly on Dec. 9th and ended on the 21st. Its results have been a sweeping triumph for the Repub licans. They have 51 of the 75 30 from the Left Center and 24 from the Left. The Bight Center the Orleanists havcG; the Extreme Right the believers in Henri V., the white flag, and the Bourbon blood have 11 ; and the Bonapartists count but one avowed adherent, though a number of other Senators are suspected of a lurk ing like for the Imperial eagle and the boy Napoleon. The election of the 225 Senators by the Departments will doubt less add a number of Bonapartists to the Upper House, but the Republican majority is sure to be large enough for any practical purposes. From official correspondence it ap pears that some time since Minister Fos ter asked permission of the Mexican Government for regular troops of the United States to follow raiders across the border when in close pursuit,or per mission to temporarily occupy certain points on the Mexican side where they are accustomed to come across the riv er. The reply of the Mexican Secre tary of Foreign Affairs was that the Ex ecutive had no authority to grant such permission without the consent of Con gress, and it would not be prudent to ask such consent, as the sentjment of the country would iiot approve it. Fos ter stated that he was authorized to give assurance that our Government had no design of acquiring extension of territory, but said the acknowledgment by the Mexican Government of its in ability to restrain the lawlessness of its own citizens would afford the strongest reason to all advocates of acquisition of territory there may be in the United States. Mr. Foster further said that citizens of Texas must be protected, and if protection did not come from the Mexican Government it must from ours. Several weeks ago it was reported from New York that agonts of the Spanish Government in that city were engaged in recruiting for the army in Cuba anions: tho indigent Italians, who were lured by promises of large boun ties and tracts of land. Information to this effect lias just been filed in the State Department at "Washington, and an examination is to be made into the alleged violation of the neutrality laws. A terrible casualty occurred at the little village of Hillikon, canton of Aargan, Switzerland, on Christmas Day. While the people of the village were nearly all assembled in the school house, enjoying the festivities of the day, the llooring of the room suddenly gave way, precipitating the .whole as semblage to the ground. Eighty per sons were reported killed and 50 more or less wounded. A severe engagement between the Turkish and I Ierzegovinian' armies took place on the 23d, nearNitchitza, result ing in a decisive victory, as is claimed, for the Turks. Some 15,000 troops were engaged, and the losses were heavy on both side. A suit testing the legality of the Mis souri State Lott rics having been deci ded adversely to the lottery managers, the St. Louis Chief of Police, acting un der instructions from Judge Knight of the Circuit Court, has ordered the clos ing of all lottery ollices in tlxat city and the summary arrest of all parties en gaged in selling lottery tickets. The order went into effect on Dec. 2-1. POLITICAL AND PERSONAL BREVITIES. Caitain-Genkkal Yalmaskda has resigned tho t'ovcrnorsliip of tlio Island of Culm, on account of certain rules and re strictions introduced lv the Home Govern ment which he considered incompatible with the powers he ought to wield. Gen. Jovel- lar, the Spanish War Minister, has been ap pointed successor to Vahnaseda, and Gen janaiios is naiueu as jiunster ol ar in place of Jovellar. Charles O'Conor, the eminent New York lawyer, who has been lying at the point of death, as his physicians thought, for several weeks, bids fair now to recover from his illness. The Convention to form a Constitu tion for the State of Colorado assembled at Denver on the 'JOth. Mr. Longfellow lias declined to be the Poet of the Centennial Exhibition. Horace White of the Chicago Tri bune bus returned from his year's sojourn in Europe. Chief-Justice White of Utah has sentenced George Reynolds, convicted on a charge of polygamy, to two years' imprison ment and :K)0 line. lie was released on $10,000 bail during an appeal to the Supreme Court . Archbishop Wood of Philadelphia has formally excommunicated the members of the secret societv in the Pennsvivania 00:11 regions, known as the "Molly 31a- uires. Mrs. Emma C. Motlton, wife of the 'mutual friend' of the Tilton-Reeeher scandal, has decided to call an ex parte council in her ca-e, unless Plymouth Church consents to the holding of a mutual council based upon the questions proposed in her last letter. The council will compri-e such persons a. she is informed are the best mem bers of the Congregational Church in the I'nitcd States. Chen Lang Pin and Yung Ileng have been appointed Ministers to the United States from China. John Fkaxcis, formerly State Treas urer of Kansas, has been appointed to till the vacancy in that otlice caused by the re signation of Treasurer Lappin. Col. Richard IIexrv Lee, the grand. son of Richard Henry Lee of Revolutionary fame, who has been selected to read the Declaration of Independence at the opening of the Centennial, is a successful lawyer of Milwood, Clarke County, Ya. He is a nephew of Charles Lee, who was Attorney General of the United States during a part of "Washington's administration, and of " Light-Horse Harry Lee,' and is a cousin of the late Gen. Robert E. Lee. Col. Lee entered the Confederate service as a Lieu tenant of infantry in the ' Stonewall'-' brig ade, and was wounded, after which he serv ed as a Judge-Advocate of the 2d Corps of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, until the close of the War. Senator Johnston, who has just been re-elected by the Legislature of Vir ginia to another term in the United States Senate, is a nephew of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. He is about years of age, and before going to the Senate never held any public otlice except that of Judge, to which he was appointed by a military commander. Senator Johnston has line legal abilities and refined manners. The New York Herald correspondent telegraphs from Paris: "I have just learned that all the American oflicers in the service of the Khedive, except Col. Stone, are or dered to join the Egyptian expedition against Abyssinia. Gen. Loring will be second in command. 1 am happy to report that the Colonel who was reported to have fallen in the late massacre is safe. " The President of the Centennial Roard of Finance publishes a. card, saying that the citizens of Philadelphia contributed the funds necessary to entertain the Presi dent, thb .Supreme Court, and Congress on the occasion of their recent, visit to that, city, and that the Centennial Board of Fi nance bore no part of the expense. Harry Holloway, Superintendent of the Post-oflicc at Indianapolis, and a brother of Postmaster Holloway, has been indicted by the United States Grand Jury for receiving .2, 000 from W. C. Mason, in con sideration of securing for Mason a contract for the repair of mail-bags, sacks, etc. Mr. Holloway asserts his innocence. lie has re signed his position, given a bond for .2, 000, and demands an immediate trial. The Pope has signified his accept ance of the invitation by the Centennial au thorities requesting him to contribute to the Exposition works of art from the galleries of the Vatican or from other sources over which he has control. The trial of W. W. Embry for the shooting of D. R. Anthony, at Leavenworth, Kansas, was concluded on the 24th, and re sulted in a verdict of not guilty. Hon. A C. Wilder, ex-Mayor of Rochester, N. Y., and also formerly mera- her of Congress from Kansas, died in San Francisco on the 23d. Mr. George L. Fox, the well-known pantomimist, who has been partially par- alyzed, has now been adjudged insane and sent to an asylum. His family, a wife and one child, are left almost entirely destitute. A. C. Johnson, President of the Fay ette County National Rank, at Washington Court-house, Ohio, is underarrest. charged withembezzling.-rlO.OfK) of the bank's funds. The offense is punishable, under the Nation al banking act, with imprisonment for not less than tire and not more than ten years. Hon. W. A. Richardson, of Quincy, TIL, died of paralysis on the 27th. Col. Richardson serred live terms in the House of Representatives at Washington, and was elected to till the vacancy iifthe Senate oc casioned by the death of Stephen A. Doug las. He vras (4 years old. The Revolutionary battle of Tren ton was refought by a mimic army on the one hundredth anniversary of that memorable event, Dec. J7. Some 1,000 citizens partic ipated in the sham fight, and all the promi nent generals engaged were personated for the occasion. Plymouth Church has finally ac ceded to the request of Mrs. Moulton for a mutual council. TELEGRAPHIC BOTES. The closing price of gold in New York, on December 27, was 11273. A horrible massacre is reported near Atoka, Indian Nation. The bodies of four persons were found burned on the prairie, two of which were females. Two of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, the others however were white. A pony with a lady's side-saddle, a dog and a gun were found near. They had all been shot. Three men who were seen riding nine miles from the spot are supposed to have done the shooting. The prairies were tired to de stroy the trail. The London yews'1 Merlin telegram of the 22d gives the number killed jy the dynamite explosion at Rremerhaven a- 12S, and of wounded ;"('. The Bremen Aid Com mittee reports that 20 of the injured are hopelessly maimed, and there are 52 widows and 1'lTi orphans of the victims of the disas ter, for the benefit of whom it proposes to raise by subscription ."". n00. The Merchants' Exchange Hall in the new Chamber of Commerce building at St. Louis was formally dedicated on the 21st. It is said to be one of the largest and hand somest halls ui the country. The official figures of the New York census make the tot::l population of the State S TO! Sil.l .in i.n.r.. .f :: OKI since INTO md aw.li:" since ist. The number of votrrs in thr State is l.l'is,:;:!:?. of whom 74:i,07Sare natives, and :'X.'2) naturalized. The British training ship Goliath iias been burnrd. and it is said that twenty boys lost their lives. There were very heavy rains tli rough- out Southern and Western Tex: on Dec. 0-22. The rivers and bayous a ere higher than had been known before in years, and railroad travel was temporarily suspended in nine localities. The Hank of Brandvwine, at West Chester, I Vim., has suspended. fhe usual announcemont is made that depo-itors will be paid in full. A violent earthquake shock was felt at Richmond. Va., on the niirht of the 22d. Buildings were sensibly rocked, and the alarm was general throughout the city, many people leaving their houses for fear they would be shaken down. Louisville, Ivy., is making prepara tions for a grand carnival on Mardi-Cras (Feb. i. A difficulty occurred at Freetown, La., opposite New Orleans, on Chri-tnias Day, between some whites and blacks, which terminated in the killing of Barney McCabe and John Uousctti, white men. and the se rious wounding of a brother of the latter. A fire at Ked Oak, Cedar County, Iowa, on the morning of the 2.!d, destroyed an entire block of frame buildings on the east side of the Public-Square, comprising eleven business houses. The Pacific Mills at Lawrence, Mass., employing 5,200 operatives, have given no tice of a reduction of 10 to l." per cent, in wages, to take effect Jan. Lowing to de pression in price of print cloths. They an nounce that they are obliged either to stop their looms or reduce the cost of produc tion. The steamer Minneola, Capt. Shunk, of the Memphis and Cincinnati line, struck a snag about 10 miles above Memphis, on the 27th, and within five minutes tilled and turned over, a portion of her cabin flouting oil". There were twelve cabin passengers on board, but by means of life-boats, and by clinging to the gwreck, they all, together with the crew, were saved, and were taken to Memphis by the Belle of Memphis. The Minneolu was laden with about 100 tons of miscellaneous freight, a portion of which could bo saved. The bout, however, will prove a total loss. She was valued at 10, 000, and insured in the Eureka, of Cincin nati, for.f4,000. At Lebanon, Ky., on the 27th, Thom as II. Chandler, Town Marshal, attempted thearrest of George F. Northcraft, of Louis ville, for disorderly conduct. Northcraft resisted, and a number of roughs took his part. The officer summoned a posse of citizens to his assistance. A general tight ensued, during which a number of shots were tired. Chandler, the Marshal, killed Northcraft, and some of Northcraft s friends immediately killed Chandler. At Providence, R. I., on Christmas night, Patrick Galiter, getting drunk, at tempted to strike his- wife, but hit his infant child, killing it instantly. .The Coroner's jury returned a verdietjhat the person from whom the father purchased liquor, which made him drunk, was guilty of tho murder of thebov. Very few people take a stitcii in Time, it we may judge by the scant rai ment of the old fellow with the scythe, whose only clothing is a spit curl and a sand-glass. Catskill Recorder. WIT AND WISDOM. Harvard student translating: " Walzlt ich mich schafllos atif dem Lager I waltzed sleepily off for lager." Wild amazement of instructor, and rippling smile through the class. He was a man of dissolute practices and irregular habits, and he lived here. He groaned in his sleep, and his wife arose to light the lamp. He beheld the vast display of striped stockings, and then murmured to himself: " I've got 'em sure, this time." " Got what?" she inquired. "Got the delirium tremens. I'm seeing animals of all kind-. I've just seen a zebra." She turned down the light, and the menagerie was closed. Norwich Bulletin. " I don't have any thing,1 grumbled a Chicago woman to her husband one evening this week; "no silk dresses, no stylish suits, no jewelry, no nothing like other folks." Rut 1 can't afford to get them I haven't the money," pro tested the worried husband. "The same old story, and I'm getting sick of it," continued the wife, sneeringly " no money, no money, all the while; and I don't expect I ever shall have any thing until you die and that life in surance money comes in!" Here the conversation stopped, but a wild look had entered the husband's eye a look that portended ill for the next policj pay-day. Chicago Journal. Yesterday, when two colored citizens met on the walk near the City Hall, one of them angrily exclaimed: "Misser Jones, if you doan pay dem .seven dol lars de law will be put to you powerful hard." "Now doan be onreasonin', replied Jones in a cajoling voice. " Rut you s got money in de bank!" shouted the first. " Yes, I know I cud gid a check on de bank, but I'se rot to get a blank check, borrow pen 'n ink, put on my specs, write all ober de check, go down dar to 'dentify you, ligger up de loss oh interes', and probable while I was in de bank some one ml be lookiir fur me on do street to hire me at four dollars a dav. Dese am de chief rea- '"ns wny i (loan want to pay do money fur de next two weeks. "- -Detroit Free Prcts. On Thursday last, says the Mount Ster ling (Ky.) .SV;-e";-c,Misscs Ida Hamilton, Mary Howard, and Annie Howard, ac companied by Messrs. J. II. Summers, C. F. Spencer, John W. Gatewood, and H.C.Lindsey, went rabbit hunting. They had twenty-live fox hounds, and went about ten miles from the city, and had ' good luck in starting several rabbits, which the dogs succeeded in capturing. We learn that the ladies enjoyed the sport and kept up with the dogs in the chase, and never complained of being tired at night when they returned, while some of the gentlemen, we are sorry to learn, were completely worn out. What to buy for Christmas is an im portant question just now, but where to get the money to buy it with is still more so. THE MARKETS. ST. LOUIS. December !$. 1873. Beeves Choice. 45.(03 5.37s; Good to Prime; 4 i.0$4.75; Cows and Heifers, 42.258 3 50; Corn -Fed Tex an b. 4. '.SO 3 4. 25. IIoos Packing:, 46.75d7.l0. Sheep Common to Choice, 42.5(5.00. Flour Fam lv, 4;.2557.50; ajla 84.S5l 5.21. Wheat Red,No. 2, $1.3!-:el.tJ; No. 8. Sl.2C3l.27. Cork No. 2, Mixed SSfl39c. Oats No, 2, 33 s 34c. RYE No. 2, C67c. Timothy Seed Prime, $2.25o2.3."i. Tobacco Planters Lutca, 4.."K)o5.M), Medium Shipping Leaf, $S.00g9.00. Hay Choice Timothy, ,415.504 1iJ..). Butter Choice Dairy, 26&'-Sc. SOQS 13 23. Pork Standard Mess, il,J.75a20.2'. LvARD Refined, 12"3 13c. Woor-Tnb-wafihed. Choice, "473 15c; Un washed Combing, 304 3Sc. Cotton Middling. 12 "ic. NEW YORK. Beeves Native, S.O0a 12.00; Texan, jr. 0C C7.00. HoJ8 DrcBscd. eS.7.i9Q.37';; Live. $7.2."). SllEEl Common to Choice, A 4. 50 it 7. Ol). Flour Uood to Choice, $5.5r3.00. Wheat No. 2 Chicat-o, 31.lS-il.20. Corn Western MLel, 7S;73lc. Oats Western Mixed, 4-s4Sc. Pork Mess, 2).2itf 21.00. Cotton Middling, l3Vc. CHICAGO Beeves Common to Choice, 92.75a4.75, Texans, $2.75-j4.4J. Hoos Common H Choice, JC.75ft7.10. SHEEP 3. Oil 4 5.75. Flour Choice Winter, Extra, 80.50 0 .0 . Choice Spring Extra, $5.255..'.0. Wheat Spring No. 2. 05 a 'XXc. Sjrns No. 3, "G3 7u"c. Corn No. 2. 47!.t's-S1:c. Oats No. 2, 20?43(K. Bte No. 2, o:ji4GSc. Pork New Metis, $ is. 759 19-00. LARDPercwt. 12.12i a 12.13. CINCINNATI. 1TLOUR- Family, e5.004B.00. Wheat Red, $1.2S1.30. Corn -New, 4"347c. Oats No. 35g43c. Pork New Mess. 20.19a 321.00. Lariv-Steam, 13-j 13 '. Cotton Middling, 12?c. KANSAS CITY. Beeves Native Steers, 42.753-1.09. Colorado Steers. 43.12S'-43.G2,'. Hogs Packers, $6. 70.31". i5. MEMPHIS. Flour Choice, 4 7.25 7-75. Corn No. 2 White. 5G357c. Oats No. 2, 50 a. -53. COTTON Middmig. 12?3 12fc. NEW ORLEANS. Flour Choice, c.ooc.50. Corn Yellow, "3 a 5S :. Oats 47 50c. Hay Prime. 419.00. Pork New Mes. 420.25 ft 20 .50-. Bacon ll'il."?c. SUOAR Knir to I'l iiae.G.f 17.C. Cotton Low Htddiirg. ;1.' .