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No papers will be sent to subscribers by mail nnle-s the same have been paid for in advance. This rule is inflexible. Ayebs & Lynch. JOB PRINTING DEPARTMENT—Owing to onr greatly increased fscilitiec we are prepared to exec-ate all kinds of job work in a superior manuer. Bpeeial attention will be given to commercial and legal printing, and all orders will be promptly filled at moderate rates. TIII'KHIIAY. JIAUCH 28, 1889. The dispatches seem to lean to the idea that Mr. H. Z. Osborne will be the Public Printer. Outside of the office of our esteemed contemporary at the corner of First and Fort streets this appoint ment would give great satisfaction in ■Southern California. The statistician of the Herald, with the honest purpose of getting at correct results, has figured it out that if the new connty of Orange starts at all she will start with a tax rate of three per cent, on the high valuation of last year. This would handicap the new community quite heavily, and if accepted as the cor rect proposition will possibly deter a great many people from voting aye. Last week's Puck has a very clever cartoon in which Blame is put in one end of a scale poised over the National Capitol and Harrison and the rest of his cabinet in the other, and the chances of the teetering seem to be in favor of Blame's up-ending them all. Our esteemed contemporary the Times, how ever, in its issue of yesterday, still hugs to its breast the delusion that Harrison runs himself. But then our contempo rary thought that Blame would not be Secretary of State of the United States, nor McKinley Superior Judge of Los Angeles county, which facts discredit its judgment. Assemblyman Damkon assures us that the bill to quarantine Arizona and New Mexico caul c was killed in tbe Assem bly. How it is that it has popped up as a measure passed into a law and signed by the Governor, is one of the mysteries of this very extraordinary administra tion. The object of the bill was mani festly to create a corner in beef and to raise the price of meat for the benefit of the cattlemen in the northern part oi the State. We hope that Mr. Damron will probe this matter to the core, and let the people know whether money has been all-powerful not only to pass bills through the Legislature, but also to thimble-rig into actual laws measures that failed to go through. If the Cattle bill failed to pass the Assem bly, how did it get into the Executive Department and there receive the sanc tion of the Governor's signature ? Verily, the rottenness in Denmark is rank and smells to heaven. The appointment of Robert T. Lincoln as Minister to England is one that will not be regarded as reflecting much credit upon the judgment of Presi dent Harrison. The inheritance of a great name does not imply the inherit ance of great abilities. Mr. Lincoln has had every opportunity that public vener ation for his father could create to push him forward; but he has notably failed to develop the aptitude for pub lic business that was expected of bim. As Secretary of War under Ar thur he was a more cipher. He is now appointed to a position of tremendous responsibility, and will be brought into diplomatic trial with some of the ablest and most experienced of England's trained statesmen. That he will appear to disadvantage in the eharp interna tional controversies that are bound to arise in the next four years with that country, is inevitable. The place that should be filled by the ablest man that could be found, has been given to one who has neither training, experience aor the knowledge necessary to carry ont the duties of the position to the credit and advantage of our country. The energetic work now going on to complete our cable street-car system promises to give nearly all parts of the city the benefit of this superior mode of 'street travel in a very short time. Since the change of control of our principal lines of street railroads and the appoint ment of Mr. J. C. Robinson as Superin tendent, there has been infused into the operation of the roads an energy which has greatly increased the accommodation to the public. The cars are run regularly and on time, and persons living at remote points can attend the theaters and concerts with a certainty that they can reach their homes without incurring the expense of hack hire. The Main street line and its con nections has always been run for the ac commodation of the public, and m has the Temple street cable system. Bnt until the new en ergy projected into the street rail ways by the Cable Car Company,most of the street railroads of our city were sort of go-as-you-please affairs. When the cable system is completed, we shall have a street railroad service that will compare favorably with that of any j city in the United States. THE LOS ANGELES DAILY HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 23, 1889. A Ureal Orator Gone. 1 Elsewhere in the Herald we give bio graphical details of the life of John Bright, who died yesterday in England, and we therefore dismiss all the hackneyed minutia' of th c career of that illustrious Englishman. He died at an age which admits of all except specially endowed men, both intellectually and mentally, changing their opinions and their atti tudes disastrously to their sagacity and consistency, but without diminution of the respect in which they are held by mankind. Foibles of character John Bright possessed, but they have not ob scured virtues and attributes that were of an exceptional prominence, that made him illustrious and will give him place in the annals of mankind as long as the de mands of index-learning shall not re quire him to be supplanted by somebody else. At the rate at which this index learning is being burdened, even Bright will be reduced to a luminary of the lucua a non lucendo sort in fifty years from now. Bright's public career was a peculiar one. Born of Quaker parents, he always retained that horror of war, contention and bloodshed inherent in that denom ination. He early figured in that sa gacious school of British statesmen, most distinct ively represented by Richard Cobden, who realized that England, having for years protected her manufac tures almoßt to the point of annihilating those of other countries, and being mis tress of the exchanges of the world, could safely enter upon a career of Free Trade. As a cotton spinner of Manches ter, he, perhaps insensibly to himself, made his principles correspond to his in terest. That it was probably an insen sible operation, due to the easy gravita tion which tempts one to side with peo ple who surround one, his uniform gen erosity and liberality on all questions but one, makes it very probable. Of that one later on. John Bright, the Quaker-born, was always a demonstrative advocate of peace. This phase of his temperament, and per haps inherited character, was made specially prominent during the Crimean war. He denounced that war with an invective clothed in the most persuasive and the purest "English. He opposed it from the inherited Quaker's love of peace, and not from the subtly developed ideas which underlie Kinglake's history of that memorable conflict. He showed the same sturdy love of peace on earth, good will towards man, when, as a mem ber of Mr. Gladstone's cabinet, he re signed office when that immortal prem ier ordered the bombardment of Alexan- dria. He may have been abstractly right on both occasions, but on both the traditional and victorious policy of Eng land would have suffered a grievous shock, if not a downright eclipse, if bis ideas had prevailed. For good or ill England has staked her prestige and the ascendancy of her power on maintaining her hold both on Asia and Asia Minor; and, on both occasions —when Palmerston leagued England with France, Sardinia and Turkey to resist the advance of the Russian stand ards towards the Bosphorus, and when Gladstone played his cards for a con tinued control of Egypt, John Bright showed the sentimental side of his character. To the practical politician his energetically advanced ideas were mere vagaries which, if they had been accepted by the British Government, would have ended that drum beat of the English legions which is heard from the rising to the setting of the sun—equally resonant on the banks of the Thames, the St. Lawrence and the Coromandel. Strange to Bay, when a whelesome sen timentality should have shown itself in Bright's career, it was unaccountably absent. Estranged from Gladstone on the issue of bombarding Alexandria, he antagonized that illustrious statesman's attitude on the issue of justice to Ireland. The natural sweetness of Gladstone's dis position has been exemplified a number of times since their estrangement by his having made repeated efforts to bring about a personal reconciliation with his old-time friend and colleague—efforts which in every instance were repulsed. With the exception of Gladstone, Bright was the greatest of the later English orators. He had an attractive person, a warm and animated delivery and a style which appealed with irresist ible force to the masses. He was a great contrast to his old chief in the style of his oratory. He even ostentatiously affected a plain diction which rejected as much as possible tbe opulent vocabulary with which the English language has been enriched from the Latin and the Greek. The contrast was the more marked because both of these great and typical Englishmen had the same ardent tem perament which made their delivery like a torrent. In their choice of lan guage Gladstone aud his great rival Dis raeli were at one in their preference for a flexible and unlimited vocabulary, in which the euphonies of all languages contributed what was needed to add force or impart ornament. Macaulay, in his History of England, says that the highest attainments of the English language were illustrated by the poetry of Milton and the prose of Edmund Burke. Both of these inimitable writers stick, like Shakspsare, to the use of Anglo-Saxon; but they interweave, as he did in the fabrics of their matchless productions all the required ornaments, as occasion should serve. William Pitt also availed himself of tha same gracious privilege. His celebrated extemporaneous sentence, referring to a well known abuse of governmental de tail, that "it had grown with the growth of England, and had strengthened with her strength, but bad not diminished with her diminution, nor decayed with her decay," is perhaps the happiest ex ample of the exquisite combination that can be presented of the native and de rivative wealth of the English language. Bright, of preference, generally sought a a monosyllable, and that monasyllable was always drawn from the well of Eng lish undented, when possible. The Hill City. The hill and western portion of the city of Los Angeles has been lately de veloping at a very gratifying rate. Some time ago we alluded to tho sale at auction to ex-Mayor Prudent Beaudry of a lot of city property for $ 128, which that gentle man disposed of in subdivisions for $137, --000, the original sale taking place in ISHS aud the later one not covering over six years. The transformation since is a magical one. The hills for miles and miles out have become the sites of many of the most elegant homes in this city—not a few of them quite palatial. Undoubtedly the Second and Temple street cable railways have been the im mediate cause of this rapid settlement. It will repay one interested in tho rapid growth of Los Angeles to take a drive, beginning on the corner of Seventh street and Grand avenue. At the point of departure they will find the great works in course of erection which will supply the motive power for the noble cable system in course of erection for Los Angeles. Pearl street, from Seventh to Second, has been graded and the thoroughfare put in good condition, a state of things which the Herald hopes to be able soon to report of its whole length. This a most eccen tric street, becoming Figueroa after Pico is reached. From Second to Seventh the roadway is in good order, and they are preparing to put in curbing, cement sidewalks, and in many other ways to respond to the present era of progress. A vast number of new buildings have gone up in this section sinco the street improvements were started. Second street, also, is settling up rapidly in the hills, and especially in the neighborhood of the Second-street Park. This movement in the vicinity of the Second-street cable car terminus is very notable. Loomis and State streets, and Orange and Belmont avenues, are making fine headway. The Witmer and McFarland residences, on Lucas street, are worthy of attention, as foreshadow ing the superior grade of im provements which are destined to ornament the western crest of the hills back of the central portion of tho city. The view from this point, looking both towards the ocean and the moun tains, can scarcely be surpassed. To wards the north and oast Angelefio heights and the original Beaudry hill portion of the city loom up grandly. The whole country towards the Cab uenga is settling up at a marvelous rate. Buena Vista street has become to the hill portion of Los Angeles what Spring street was to the city proper five years ago. Interminable vistas of comfort able homes and, in many cases, elejjant villas, stretch out towards what was ex- Senator Cole's country home five years ago. San Francisco herself is not mak ing more rapid progress iv tha settle ment of her hills than has been recorded in Los Angeles, of late. Iv every direc tion horse, cable and motor rail ways lend their aid to the development of thia charming portion of our city. A curious piece of information comes over the wires anent a mistake in the boundary line on the Lower California peninsula. It is stated that, by a recent discovery, the line ought to run sixty miles south of its present location at Tia Juana. This error arose out of inaccur acy in the English maps used in drawing up the Hidalgo Treaty. These maps placed the mouth of the Colorado sixty miles north of its actual location, and those sixty miles of error, if rectified, would remove the boundary line so as to place Ense nada and the most valuable portion of the International Company's concession within the United States. There is a rumor afloat, which the Herald believes to have a strong basis of fact behind it, to the effect that the Pacific Coast Steamship Company are figuring to buy out some railway hereabouts that will give them direct access to the ocean. This may mean that the Los Angelea & Pacific Railway, with an ocean terminus at Santa Monica, is being negotiated for, or that the railway which is being built from Redondo Beach to this city is the objective point. There are other projects, also, which are possible subjects for ne gotiations. Further details may be looked for shortly. CONSIDERABLY HURT. A Street Car Rum Over a man on Waiblnirton .Street. Jim Sullivan had, it is said, been tam pering too much with "the wine when it was red" yesterday afternoon, and when he attempted to board one of the blue cars on Washington street, near Vermont, his gait, it is said, was not any too steady. It was half-past 7 o'clock, and as that part of the town is not very well illuminated after nightfall, the driver did not see him ap proaching, and consequently did not slacken speed. Jim jumped at the front platform, but he misjudged the distance and fell. The result was that the car passed over him, fracturing one of his legs and injuring the other, in addition to which the unfortunate Jatnes received a severe scalp wound. He was removed to his residence as speedily as possible and medical aid summoned to attend to his injuries, which will incapacitate him from following his vocation as a black smith for some time to come. Lite lowant. The lowans had an excellent attend ance at the Turn Verein Hall last night, and the entertainment provided passed off to the full satisfaction of their guests. The first half of the programme was rendered very acceptably by the singing of Mrs. Beeson, the playing of Professor Arevalo and the evolutions of Miss X, Richards and her pupils in a display of Grecian Calisthenics. The affair of the evening, though, was the production of Plancbe's one-act vaudeville, The Loan o' a Lover. It went off in an admirable style, the acting and stagery being done in the true pro fessional strain. The caste was made up as follows: "Captain Amersforth," Mr. C. A. Vogelstang; "Peter Spyk," Mr. Niles; "Swyzel," Mr. Cal. Foy; "Delve," Mr. Wood; "Gertrude," Miss Mamie Short; "Ernestine," Miss R. Harbin. FROM WASHINGTON. New Nominations Made by the President. ROBERT LINCOLN FOR ENGLAND. The Test Case Which Will Settle the Constitutionality of the Scott Act. I Associated Press Dispatches to tho Hkrald.l Washington, March 27.—The usual crowd congregated at the White House to-day, and kept the President busy the entire morning. Among those admitted were Governor Beaver, of Pennsylvania, Senators Farm ell andCullom and friends, ex-Speaker Carlisle, Senator Allison, Representatives Turner, Wallace War mer, Le Follette, Senator Dawes, Sen ator McMillan, with Minister Palmer and General John C. New. HARRISON'S FIRST STIPEND. President Harrison received his first month's salary to-day. It amounted to if3,BBS 88, and was delivered to him in the form of a Treasury draft. It was for the month of March, minus the first three days. Cleveland received the President's salary for that portion of the month. NEW NOMINATIONS. The President has nominated John Hicks, of Wisconsin, Minister to Peru; George B. Loring, of Massachusetts, Minister to Portugal; llobert T. Lincoln, of lilinois, Minister to Great Britain; Murat Halsteod, of Ohio, Minister to Germany; Allen Thorndjke Rice, of New York, Minister to Russia; Patrick Fgan, of £<ebraska, Minister to Chili; Thomas Ryan, of Kansas, Minister to Mexico. NOMINATIONS CONFIRMED. Among those confirmed by the Senate this afternoon were the following: Fran cis F. Warren, Governor of Wyoming Territory; Benjamin F. White, Gov ernor of Montana; Robert V. Belt, Assistant Commissioner of Indian Af fairs, and a numbor of Postmasters. SKETCHES OF NOMINEES. Robert Todd Lincoln, who was to-day nominated to be Minister to England, is •)■"> years of age and is a son of Abraham Lincoln. Ho graduated from Harvard College, served through Grant's Virginia campain as Captain, practiced law in Chicago and became Secretary of War under President Garfield, remaining in that post under President Arthur. Since his retirement in 1885 he has been prac ticing law in Chicago. Alien Thorndyke Rice, nominated to be Minister to Russia, was born in Mas saehueetts. He is a graduate of Oxford University, England, and since 187<> has been editor and proprietor of tbo "North American Review." He also holds a controlling interest in the prominent Parisian newspaper, Le Matin, and has contributed largely to literature, while taking an active 4>art in politics. George Bailey Loring, of Massachu setts, is beet known because of his con nection with tho Department of Agricul ture, of which he was commissioner from 1881 to ISBS. He is 72 years of age and is a Harvard graduate Loring has been long in public life, beginning as a surgeon in the Maine hospital at Chelsea in 18-43, and at other times being postmaster, cen tennial commissioner and Congressman. Thomas Ryan, of Kansas, who has been named as Minister to Mexico, is a native of New York, where he was born in 1537. He served during the war as a volunteer, was severely wounded and emerged as a captain in 1861. Since that time he has held various legal positions in Kansas, and been a Representative in six successive Congresses. James O. Churchill, the new Surveyor at Bt. Louis, entered the war as a private in the Eleventh Illinois Infantry, and rose to the rank of Colonel. He was severely wounded in an engagement and still carries several bullets in his body. For many years past he has been United States Commissioner and Clerk of the United States District Court at St. Louis. 1 Patrick Egan, nominee for Minister to Chili, has for many years been well i known as a leader of the Irish people. He was born in Ballymahan, county Lcngford, Ireland, in 1841. When quite young he went into the grain business. His business relations brought him into contact with the great mass of : the people, and he very esrly displayed a deep interest in the Irish cause, becoming an active member of the advanced na tional party, He took a part in the revolutionary movement which cul minated in the attempted insurrection of 1867. He was one of the organizers and a member of the Council of the Home Eule League formed in 1871. When Davitt, in 1878, started his Land League movement, Egan, together with Joseph Biggar and Wil liam H. O'Sullivan, members of Parliament, became trustees of the League, and the work of the League, in propagating its principles and aiding evicted tenants in 1880, led to the prose cution of Parnell, Dillon, Sexton, Egan and others. The prosecution failing to secure a conviction, the English Govern ment suspended the operation of the habeas corpus act, and also devised a scheme to seize the funds of the League. At the urgent request of the leaders of the movement, Egan went ta France in order to protect the money entrusted to his care and also to act as intermedi ary between the branches of the League in America and Australia and the Na tional Leaguers in Ireland and England. In 1882 he returned to his native country, but fearful of op pression and unfair treatment on the part of the government of Great Britain, he, in 1883, came to America and went to live in Nebraska, where he has since resided. He has been engaged in the grain trade while in this country and has also taken an active part in politics as a member of the Re publican party. Mr. Egan is still an active worker in the Irish cause and has the confidence of its leaders in the old country. John Hicks, who will go to Peru, as Minister of the United States, is a native American, 42 years of age. He comes from Oshkosh, the home of Senator Saw yer, and is proprietor and editor of the Oshkosh Northwestern. He has several times been elected President of the Wis consin State Press Association, but lias never before held public office. Murat Halstead, nominated for United States Minister to Germany, was born in 1829, at Ross, Butler county, Ohio, and spent his minority on a farm. At the age of 13 he began writing for newspapers, at first contributing the lighter class of romances. In 1851 he finished his schooling at Farmers' Col lege near Cincinnati and then did local i newspaper reporting on several Cincinnati papers. In 1853 he became manager of a department on the Cincinnati Commer cial, and the following year he acquired a small interest in the paper. When the Commercial combined with the Gazette, tbe Cincinnati Commercial Gazette immediately became tho recognized organ of the Ohio Repub licans. Mr. Halstead has a fine pres ence, a genial manner and immense en ergy. He has always been a Republican of a very pronounced typo. KEPUBMC AN SBNATOUS IN CAUCUS. The Republican Senators held a well attended caucus to-day, prior to the meeting of the Senate. The subject under consideration was with reference to putting all the clerks on tbe annual lists, payment to be made cut. of the con tingent fund. There was a general sen timent in favor of doing this, but the question of its legality beinn raised, no conclusion was reached. It is inferred from wbat w.\n said that a legal doubt would be sufficient to defeat the Bcheme, although that is not absolutely certain. Another question was, "Shall Senator Coko's speech on the Southern election outrages be answered?" The conclu sion, while not formal y expressed, was that there should be no further discus sion of the subject at this session. After adjournment of the Senate the caucus resumed its sitting and decided that the employment of clerks which would result in an overdraft upon the contingent fund was illegal, and there fore the scheme to make all the com mittee clerks annual clerks will fail. A resolution was adopted, however, to give Senator Vance of North Carolina a personal clerk. He has lost one eye and the sight of the other is failing, and his Republican colleagues deemed it only just that he should ho spared the neces sity of using his remaining eye to con duct bis official correspondence. It was also finally decided not to continue the debate on the Southern election out rages. The general opinion, so far as expressed, was that the SeDate might reasonably expect to be able to adjourn on Wednesday or Thursday of next week. TANNER TAKES OFFICE. Corporal James Tanner to-day took ( he prescribed oath of office, and entered upon his duties as Commissioner of Pen sions. His only appointment to-day was that of George B. Squires, of Brooklyn, as his conlidential secretary. THE CHINESE TEST CASE. There being no quorum present when the Supreme Court met to-day, an ad jjurnment was taken unlil to-morrow. Should a quorum be in attendance then, ths Court will immediately proceed to the hearing of arguments in the case of Cliae Chan Ping, appellant, vs. the United States. This involves the constitutionality of the Scott Exclusion Act, approved by the President October 1, 18S8. The facts in the care as set forth in tho statement of counsel for the appellant upon motion to advance the case for argument are as follows: Appellant is a Chinese laborer, and a subject of China, and departed from the United States for Cuba on June 2, 1887. Before doing so, he applied to and obtained from the Collector of the Port of San Francisco the return certifi cate required by Section 4 of the Chinese Restriction Act of May 6, 1882, as amended July .">, 1884. He returned to the United States on October 7, 1888, and presented the certificate to the Col lector and claimed the right to land thereunder, but permission was refused by the Collector on the sole ground that, under the provisions of the act commonly known as the Scott Exclusion Act of October 1, 1888, the certificate presented by appellant had been declared void and of no effect. Ho sued out a writ of habeas corpus in the United States Cir cuit Court, and after a hearing the Court ordered the appellant remanded to the custody from which he had been taken. This custody was the captain of the Bhip which had brought him back to the United States. From that judgment of remand he has appealed to tnis Court. Counsel far appellant contend that the question involved in the case is whether that portion of the act of October 1, 1888, declaring the laborer's certificate void and of no effect is valid and constitu tional. As will be perceived, they say that this proposition involves questions of both national and international im portance. Counsel further contend that laborers who departed from the United States with these return certificates were guaranteed by the treaty between the United States and China of November 17, 1880, and the act of May 6, 1832, the right to go and come; and, without warning or notice, this treaty is virtually abroga'ed and vested rights acquired thereunder are entirely swept away. The faith and honor of tha government, they say, is also involved in the c.ise now before the court. These certificates contain, upon their face, a promise on the part of the government that the holders thereof shall, upon presentation of certificates be on titled to return and re-enter the United States. If the act is unconstitutional, counsel says that a speedy determination of this case should be had, so that these laborers may return audavail themselves of the rights and privileges guaranteed to them by treaty and the act of 1882, and if the act is valid, it is just as necessary it should be determined immediately, so that those who have acquired property interests here, may make some means of protecting those interests. Ex-Governor Hoadley of Ohio, and Amai C. Carter of New York, will present tho case for the appellant before the Court, and Solicitor- General Jenks will appear for the Gov ernment. J. F. Bwift, recently confirmed as Minister to Japan, Attorney-General Johnson of Caliornia, and S. M. White of California, will also be present to look after the interests of the State oj California in the case. TRACT CONSIDERING PENALTIES. Secretary Tracy has ordered the ninth payment to be made on account of the Petrel, the small gunboat now being con structed at Baltimore. The total amount of the payment would have been $24, --700, made up of $18,000 on account of the hull and $6,700 on account of the machinery, but a reservation of 10 per cent, is held back until the vessel is ac cepted, und in addition penalties have been deducted for delay in the construc tion beyond the contract time, which, taken together, reduced the amount of the ninth payment to $10,230. The con tractors have applied for an extension of the contract time which, if allowed, will in effect wipe out or reduce the penal ties. Action upon the application is likely to be taken in a day or two. The contractors have pleaded in extenuation of tho delay, their loss of time on account of the steel deliveries which was caused by the action of the Government in spectors. Secretary Tracy is considering the entire subject of the penalties which have accrued not only in tho case of the Petrel * but upon nearly all of the vessels constructed or begun under the last administration. He has been furnished with a statement showing the exact condition of eacn vessel, and the probable time required to complete those unfinished. He has the action of Secre tary Whitney in granting extensions of time to contractors as a precedent, and should he disagree with his predecessor as to his power or the advisability of the adoption of a similar course, the con tractors will doubtless appeal to the next Congress for relitf. NAVAI, AND MILITARY NOTKB. Admiral P.ouett's Board of Inspection on the monitors has returned to this city from Richmond. They are preparing their report, which will recommend that the monitors be put in condition fit for active service. Major-General Schofield has appointed First Lieutenant Chas. B. Schofield, of the Second Cavalry, as an aide-de-camp on his staff. Lieutenant Schofield is General Schofield's brother, and has been in Washington for a short time past on special duty. DON'T MIND rARTI/.ANSJUI'. Attorney-General Miller Baid to-day, in answer to an inquiry on the subject, that he had not outlined any general plan or policy in regard to the marshals and district attorneys appointed by the last administration. So far as he was concerned each case would be considered on its own merits. He did not look on partizanshlp as a very serious thing in itself provided the official v« as efficient and gentlemanly. SENATK PROCEEDINGS. The resolution heretofore offered in the Senate, by Mitchell, authorizing the Committee on Mines and Mining to con tinue tho inquiry into the causes of the delay in considering cases in the mineral division of the General Land Office was taken up aud referred to the Committee on Mines and Mining. Resolutions heretofore offend by But ler declaring that the tenure of the President pro tempore does not expire at the meeting of Congress after recess, but is held at the pleasure of tho Senate, wee taken up and George made a constitu tional argument in opposition to them. The resolution was referred. The Senate went into secret sescion and at:l!0 ad journed. NEWS FROM PANAMA. Secretary Blame has received a report from the Consul of the United States at Colon slating that work along the Pana ma Canal has entirely ceased and that the West India negroes are returning to their homes. Up to March 10 fully 5,000 of the latter had already left. The- Consul reports great depression in the business at Panama. The railroad com pany is Buffering from thn crisis owing to the loss of local traffic. Two unsuccess ful .'attempts have been made to burn Colon. APPOINTED BY WINDOM. Windom has appointed M. E. Bell Superintendent of Public Buildings at Chicago. Bell was formerly Supervising Architect of the Treasury. LOCAL OFFICE SEEKERS. General Vandever has a candidate for the District Attorneyship in tho person or 11. V. Morehouse, of Salinas. Captain E, W. Blasdel. of Oakland, seems agreed upon for the office of Surveyor-General, General Vandever's candidate for District Attorney far the Southern District is Major J. A. Punnell, of Los Angeles. Senator Sttm'crd has a candidate for the position who is eaid to be Cornelius Cole, Jr., of Los A r, ? elee MISCELLANEOUS NOTES. The nominations of Louis Wolfley, to be Governor of Arizona, and of John C. New, to be Consul-General to London, were reported favorably from the com mittees, but under individual objection they went over until the next executive session, when they will be confirmed. Messrs. Bachelor and Tichenor, Assist ant Secretaries of the Treasury, will assume their new duties on Monday next. OKLAHOMA LANDS Thrown Open to Settlement by the President. Washington, March 27.—Tho Presi dent's proclamation opening Oklahoma lauds to settlement on the 22d of April next was issued to-day. After setting forth the terms of the treaties of ce3sion of these lands by the Indians to the Government, and acts of Congress relative to opening them to homestead entry,it describes these lands minutely by metes and bounds, reserves two acres for government use, then formally declares that under these con ditions these lands will be opened to homestead entry at noon of April 22d next. All persons are warned that under the terms ef the act of Congress any person who shall occupy any of said land before the time mentioned "shall be forever debarred from making entry therein, and officers of the United States are required to strictly enforce this act. Following is the description of the boundaries of the territory included in tho proclamation: Beginning at a point where degree of longitude 98, west from Greenwich,as surveyed in the years 1858 and 1871, intersects the.Canadian river, thence north along, and with said degree, to the point where the same intersects the Cimarron river, thence up Baid river, along the right bank thereof, to a point where the same is intersected by the south line of what is known as the Cherokee lands lying west of the Arkansas river or as '•Cherokee outlet," said line being the Dorth line of the lands ceded by the Muscogee (or Creek) nation of Indians to the United States by the treaty of June 14, 18U6; thence east along said line to a point where the same interacts the west Hue of the lands set apart as a reserva tion for the Pawnee Indians by an Act of Congress approved April 10, 1876, be ing the range line between ranges 4 and 6, east of the Indian meridian; thence sonth on said line to the point where the same intersects the middle of the main channel of the Cimarron river; thence up said river along the middle of the higher channel thereof to the point where the same intersects the range line between range one east and range one west (being Indian meridian), which line forms the Western boundary of the reservations Eet apart respectively for the lowa and Kickapoo Indians by ex ecutive orders, dated respectively August 15, 1883, thence aouth along said range line or meridian to the point where the same intersects the right bank of the north fork of Canadian river, thence up said river along the right bank thereof to the point where the same is inter sected by the west line of the reserva tion occupied by the Citizens' Bank of Pottowattomies and absentee Indians, set apart under the provisions of the treaty of February 27, 18G7, between the United States and the Pottowat tomies tribe of Indians and referred to an act of Congress approved May 23, 1882; thence south along the said west line of the aforesaid reservation to the point where the Fame intersects the mid dle of the main channel cf Canadian river; thence up said river along the middle of the main channel thereof, to a point opposite to the place of beginning, and thence north to the place of begin ning. The Commissioner of the General Land Office has issued an order establishing two land offices in Oklahoma Territory. The land office for the western district to be located at Kingfisheries Station, and for the eastern district at Guthrie.