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4 jlaoxvlllu Whlic :lnbllxhril 1H:1. Koavllle4 hrnnlrl Kklnbllnhrtl 1HTO. inf. c. iJKoir.v.oir,vi'ndi; ;wor. Wit. RULE, Managing Editor. n ims or si iii Kirri'. Onaeopy.one year...... $ 2 PO Ose copy, lii nionihfl H 1( 0 TQ eorin. nne yenr l' C" Twenty copies, one year 3'i no WEDNESDAY, DEC 22, 1S75. The Cliurcli property of New York City is found to be worth from eighty to ninety millions of dollars. lion. Benjamin J. Leu is a prom inent candidate for Congress in the Ninth District at the next . November election. Ex-Governor John C. Blown bus been tendered, and, we learn, has ac cepted the appointment of Vice-President of the iexaa Pacific Railway Company. The Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune thinks that the race for the Republican Presiden tial nomination has narrowed down to two men Blaine and Bristow. On t he receipt at New York of the information contained in Gov. Por ter's open letter, which we published yesterday, Tennessee bonds tumbled to 42 cents on the dollar. Mr. H. Y. Riddle has been elect ed to Congress from the 4tli Tennessee District, as every one supposed lie would be. Only about half the ordi nary vote was polled. On the forty-second ballot, the Memphis Democratic Convention nominated Judge John R. I'iippiu as a candidaie fur Mayor of that city. Judge Flippin is a mau of character and influence. Woodward, late County Trustee of Shelby county, who defaulted some time ago for $77,.jOO, has been arrested in Kau Francisco, on a requisition from Gov. Porter, and is on bis way back to Memphis, in charge of the Bherifl'. Col. Fort, who introduced the I esolution in Congress the other day in reference to the appointment to ol- ficeof worthy disabled ex-Federal sol diers, served in the Fniou army throughout the war, from lVil to lvjj. A Baptist Church hasbten or ganized in New York, called the Centennial Church, and Rev. J. D. Fulton, D. D., ha been selected as Pastor, it will be remembered that owing to diss:tti-ractioii of his congre gation, Dr. Fulton, a short time sine, resigned die Pastorate of the llausou Street Baptist Church, in Brooklyn. Of the thirty-three votis ca-t against Mr. Ii. Ilium's anti-subsidy resolution, twenty-two of them were from Democrats. Two of these were Tenneseeans, M k-r-. House, of the Nashville, and Young, of the Mem phis districts. TheTeuiie.-see Members wlin villi il f . r it were, McF.ii l.iiid, Thon.burL'h, Dibbrell, Caldwell and Whitlhorne. Biist and Atkins dodged it. The President gives mortal of fense to the partisan editors of a large number of Democratic newspapers by insisting that no guilty man in the whi-ky ring must escape. If he bad shown a disposition to keep down in vestigation and to shield the guilty, they would have gone into ec-tacies. How cruel to thus disappoint them ! It Is too bad. A Washington special to Louisville Courier-Journal says : the "Mr. Iilaine is rapidly looming up us the Republican nominee for President, and )B gaining Btrength every day." I ii k Memphis Avalanche is not well pleased with llolman's anti-sub- nidy resolution, as we infer from the following, which we clip from that pa. per : "The policy of the Democratic party, as agreed to by the resolution of the Houeo of Hepresentatives, against the Southern I'a eiflc Railroad, can not be austained by the public opinion of tbeSouih. If the Demo cratic party cannot be of any service to the ISoutb, it were better to abandon it, and better for the uth to take care of its in dustrial reconstruction under new ai.d dif ferent aufpc.es." IlEKt: is the Amendment to the Con stitution of the United States as pro poned by Mr. Blaine : "Nu Slate aba 1 inaku any law respecting an establishment of religion, or pruli biting the free txer. ine thereof, and no money raised by tnution in any 8 atu for the sup part of public ailio or derived from any . puhlio fund thereof, ihull trer be under the wnlrol of any relijioui aeet; nor shall any money so rained ever be divided be tween religious sects or denominations." The Nashville American says of it: . " It is extremely doubtful if (he Demo crats, as a body, will offer any serious op position to (he proposed amaiidment. In Wd, Humbert will doub'.leat vote for it, taut depriving it of th character of a Republican meatuit." If the American is correct in its representation of the temper of the Democratic Members, the amendment Is Almost certain to be adopted. T F.N N KSS KK'S INI) K HT KDN K In this issue of our paper we pub lish nit open letter from Governor Porter, on the subject of the State's indebtedness, which letter we clip from the Nashville American. The statement of the Governor to the eiroet that the January interest on the .State debt will not be paid sur prises no one Such a thing under the circumstances was not expected. The holders of the bonds have the comforting assurance from the Gov ernor that as soon as the requisite amount of money is paid into the treasury, il, will be be applied to the payment of the interest falling due in July last. But they have the addi tional information that there is a balance of $2,1.",00 borrowed by the State, to pay the interest due January, 1875, and an outstanding warrant ac count of $ 12."),000 to be provided for, before they can hope for anything. Taking all these items of informa tion together, they are not so com forting to the creditors of the Sthte. The Governor, however, goes on to express the opinion that there is not a man in the State, "with the slightest claim to respectability" who favors repudiation. This may be true, and the Governor, no doubt, believes it is true, but if he is correct, the actions of some men who claim to be respec table (and actions are said to bpeak louder than words) are difficult to un derstand. The Governor gives the additional information that the large holders of Tennessee, bonds will be willing to have the debt funded with bonds bearing a lower rate of interest, pro vided they can " bo satisfied that per manent, provision will be made to pay with promptness, the rate agreed upon." This is a hint in the right direction. We think, ourselves, that the time has come when our bonds should bear a lower rate of interest, and when our indebtedness could be paleed in that shape, provided our creditors can be assured that they will got their interest 2'ri'"'l"' when it falls due. But there is; " the rub." How are we going to convince them that we will perform with promptness what we promise? It is a fact, too patent to admit ol dental that the State credit for some time past has been used as the foot-ball of politicians and cor rupt rings, Our Legislatures, under the domination of the party in power, have been the subservient tools of avaricious masters. Little has been done, of a financial character, that was not shaded and dictated by the various rings that have operated at the State Capital, and seized upon the State credit as a legitimate object ol prey. These rings were born in corruption, and have grown and thrived upon the misfortunes of our beloved commonwealth. At each meeting of the Legislature they have been on hand with their mercenary agents, who, through plausible prom ises and corruption, have never failed to carry out their sinister de signs. By a vigorous application of the party lash, and through the manipulations of the worst class of small politicians, they have never (ail ed to have enough pliable material in the Legislature to accomplish their purposes. It is no wonder that un der this fclate of affairs the world has lost faith in our capacity for self-government, if not in the honesty of our intentions. If this class ot men are to continue in power ; if our Legisla tures are still to be composed of im beciles; if these rings are still to shape legislation and to carry on their speculations through a combi nation with our law-makers, it will be difficult to couvince our creditors that wo intend, even with n low rate of interest, to meet our honest obliga tions. Add to this the fact that the ques tion of paying the Torbett Issues, which question is now pending in the courts, is undecided, with a large ma. jority of the leaders of the party in power favoring tho payment of such issues, and our creditors must be still more discouraged as to our ability snd our intention to pay our just debts. These issues, as is well known, were made in aid of tho late rebellion. They were issued for the purpose of dragging an unwilling State into sc cession una rebellion. lliey were issued in the interest of treason against the Government of the United States. If this class of obligations are to coma in and make up a part of our State debt, the load may prove so great as to force repudiation. If this unright eous debt is to be saddled upon us, the Democratic party will bo respon sible for it, and it will be accepted as evidence that they never expect to iay the State debt. These are some of the questions to be taken into consideration, when we undertake to convince our creditors that if they w . 11 allow us to take up the present bonds, with other", bear ing a lower rate of interest, that we will roiqi' i pay interest in the fu ture. It is proper to say that the whole trouble lies in the selection of incom petent and corrupt officials. If Legislators, under the manipulations of bond rings, see fit to adopt meas ures to depreciate the value of bonds and allow their masters to go into the market and buy, they can do it. They can tic the hands of the Governor and other State oncers, as thev have done, and they are helpless, it' they sec fit to pursue some other deceptive course, and temporarily increase the price of bonds, so that the rings may " unload." they can do this also. If the honest people of the State will cut loose from the manacles of party, and elect honest, capable men to the Legislature, who will set their faces against corrupt rings, and work only for the credit of the State, we have no doubt that such an arrangement as Governor Porter speaks of may be made at an earl' day, and that our in terest account may be largely reduced. But if we nre to keep on in the future as we have gone in the past, we see nothing to hope for but repudiation and everlasting disgrace. Tiii:i:e are a few Democratic pa pers throughout the country the ed itors of which are scarcely loss re markable for their mean vindictive ncss than for their want of brains. They are unable to write . any thing which comes up to the dignity of an argument, or even to state facts, and seek to supply tins impor tant deficiency by calling names. Hence when they allude to a Repub lican paper, it is called an "Admin istration organ grinder." Supremely mercenary in all they say and do themselves, the' would have the world believe that a paper can not support the Administration of Presi dent C.r.'int, and the principles and policy of the Republican (tarty except at a sacrifice of personal independ ence and from mercenary motives. Hence the' have learned to stiy ' Government organ," " Administra tion oran grinder'' etc., and parrot like, continue to use these expressions in reply to everything that is said by Republican papers. The editors of not a few of these little mercenary j sheets, feinco Congress met with a Democratic inrjority in the House, have been in Washington, importun ing, hanging on, imploring and boring Democratic members, boarding, eating and sleeping with them, all for the sake of some little ollice, they don't care what. They will take anything from the highest clerkship down to the lowest position under the Doorkeeper of the House. They are such a seedy, insignificant, utterly worthless set, that the more respecta ble correspondents of Democratic paper.? snub them nnd write them down as dead beats. It is this class of men and this style of journalists that answer every charge made by a Republican newspaper by character izing their opponents as "carping Administration organ grinders." They are without influence at home or abroad. They are not respected by the better class of their own party associates. Some ot them havo so conducted themselves in the commu nities in which they live, that they find it much pleasanter to rcmaiD at Washington, where they are not known, than remaining at home where they arc known too well. We much prefer that such Icllows should fpeak egainst us than for us. Their friendship is more to be feared than their opposi tion. Tin; New York Tribune has this to say in reference to Gen. Babcock : "General Babcock has dune it sensible thing in asking for the dissolution of (he Cuuit of Inquiry. It must be confessed that appearances havo been from the outset much against him. The indictment is in it' elf preaumptite proof of the eiinistenoo of evidence which tbt Grand Jurors thought important. The telegrams themseWes, the declarations of Ueoduraon, Dyer, and otb en, all point to a strong beliel in bis guilt. But, on lbs other bond, justice requires tb public to note that, thus far, Geo. Babcock bae done everything which an innocent man eould, under the circumstances, be expect' el to do. The moment bis name was im plic;.ed be telegraphed a request to be ex i d. 'When some delay icemo 1 inevi , 1 1 o niKilo a request for nn Immediate i of Inquiry, Now Unit his ense is euro thorough and iminediiitu investigation ho civil tribunals, lie nsks that the t of Inquiry be dissolved. All this is an innocent mnn, smarting under n of injustice, would bo apt to do, nnd y entitles tho General to n considerate nindid hearing. It is well lor him, ver, snd for tho President also, that ourt of Inquiry is to bo put out of the U was not a satisfactory tribunal, it placed the President, who sp. oil it and would havo to revise ndings, in a peculiarly embarrassing ion toward his confidential secretary, n it was to try. Wo do not believe that officers of this Court would have cn- i in any whitewashing, nor do we be- that tho President would havo wished 'rmittcd it. Iiut it is vastly better for 1 them that tho civil tribunals nro to sn of tho case in the leitimato and or- y wny." Wiin.K Democratic papers general ly havo manifested a disposition to "growl" at that part of tho Presi. dent's Message referring to a pcrma. nent settling of tho school question, and forever removing it from the field of politics, very few of them have the hardihood to como out boldly against it. We soo no good reason why the amendment to the Constitution as proposed by Mr. Blaine should not be adopted. We can not sco how Cath olics, many of whom arc undoubtedly in favor of a division ot the school fund for sectarian, purposes, can op pose it. They themselves profess to bo in favor of keeping tho question out of politics, and if some such mea sure as that proposed by the Presi dent, and put in practical shape by Mr. Blaine, were adopted, it would be done. it JJcmocratic papers arc sincere when they denounce the introduction of the school question into a political contest, what can thty say in opposi tion to such an amendment to the Constitution of the United States as will forever settle the question and take it from the political field. Such a course is no injustice to any sect or party, and cannot be construed into a prescription of any sect. Tin: Nashville American, referring to our notice of the failure to lease tho penitentiary, and that consequent' lv the present lessees would have it eight months longer, says : "AVns there ever meli stupid ignorance The pre.-. 'lit lease expires only n month be- I'.ri; the in-etin; ot the I.Pgisl.'ituro tj be I'lo'ti 1 ni'xt yeur.'' If the ass who wrote this paragraph had taken the trouble to refer to the Acts of the Legislature he would have seen that, in case of a failure to lease the Governor may extend the present lease eight months. Does the Ion ared editor of tho Nashville double' barreled bugle expect that the peni tentiary will bo left without leasing until the Legislature can act on the piestion ? While the American is on this subject, will it please explain why the bid of Messrs. White & Landis for the lease of the penitentiary was re jected ? It has been charged that General John A. Logan was mixed up with the whisky ring. A Washington special to the Cincinnati Gazette says : The attention of the Secretary of tho Treasury was callci this evening to recent publications in tho West, in which the name of Senator Logan was connected with tho whisky ring. Secretary Bristow said " You can say that there is no evidence. and has never been any, which in any way implicated Gen. Logan in tho whisky rin. and I don't believo there will be.'' The Memphis Appeal is very en thusiastic over the passage of tho anti-subsidy resolution of Mr. llol- man, but says not a word in reproof of II. Casey Young, its Represent ative in Congress, who was one of the thirty-three who voted against it. . s The Press Invasion. Never before has th?re been such an invasion here, of " renresentat ivcH of iIim pre,'' of bitfli and low degree, but very Keiiernlly t lit- Deuioeratie per suasion. 1 lie. local editor or Uio irtus C'iurhin of Freedom, the comniericul reporter of the Alibanii Bentiiiel of rtiate Bights, the musical critioof the Si.uih Carolina White Aluiis I lium iiioii, and the book-reviewer of th Tennessee Trumpet of Liberty, wild Homo four si-ore others, havo come here to obtain uituatinus under the Clerk of the Houne. Failing In thia, they will be assistant doorkeepers, iiienaenkerit, bttti-rooin attendants, folders of documents, anything. But mean w hile thev desire frout seats lu the lb-porters' Gallery, an abundance of stationery, public dooumeuta, and invitations to tbn UiUereiu social en tertainments. Tha legitimate re pre' seiiiailvea of tbe Democratic pre as re Irani these recruits very mucli as FulslalT did bis recruits, and would evidently like to see every one of them appointed Consul at jericno. wuan inKton Correspondence Chicago Trl bune. GENERAL BABCOCK. I.rller from Nupervlaor Tiitlnn One of the charges Bgaltist Gen. Babcock, is that lie prevented the change of Supervisors ordered In Jau- ary of last year. Supervisor Tutton lias written the following letter, which shows tiiat charge untrue. Supervi sor Tutton Is a gentleman, who enjoys I he confidence, and respect of all:" To Jlin Excellency U. &. Grant, l'rcsi- acnt oj (he unitca State : Sih : I observe that Senator Hender son, in ttie trial of the ease of the United States vs. Avery (If his speech ie correctly reported), cliarues tien. Babcock, your private Secretary, with having dome connection with the St. Louis Whisky King, and, in their in terest, having improperly influenced you to revoke t tie order of the Secre tary or the Treasury, transferring Su pervisors, dated January "7, 187.. As have el nmeil the credit, or having intlueneed you to revoke that onler. 1 feel it is my duty now to ussume the responsibility and receive whatever odium, if any, attaches thereto; nnd, with this m view, I lieg leave to re mind you of tho lacts as they recur to m e. On or about the last day of Janinrv, 187-1, I received a letter from Commis sioner Douglass, enclosing the Secre tary's order of the 27th of January transferring me to the St. Louis Diss tnct, nnd directing me to report there for duty on the loth ot February. 1 went to Washington on the night of ttie 3d of February ; saw Commissioner Douglass on the morning of the 4th, ami asked him how long I was expect ed to remain at St. Louis, to which he replied: ' Perhaps a year: six months at least." I said, if so, I would have to resign, as I could not go to St. Bonis tor six months. Sir. Douglass stated that these transfers originated and were ordered by tho Secretary, unii that I had belter see him. I then went (II reetly to Secretary Bristow, and had quite a lengthy interview. I made t-ubstuntlallv the Fame statement to him that, if it was proposed to keel me at St. Bonis six months or a year, I would be compelled to tender iny re signation, us 1 could not take my fam ily with me, and 1 would not leave lliem fix months lor the sake of the ollice, besides which I bad some prop erly ami atlier personal interests Hint could not be neglected for that length oi time. J lie honorable Secretary finally agreed that I fliould go wii h the understanding that I was at liberty to return on tho 1st day of April, thus making my utiser.ee about six weeks. lo tins 1 e.ssi'iiiHil, but at the same time Htuteil that I siiould not. be able In iccuniplish any good i Bar, if there were any extensive munis, wtiich lu feared were being perpetrated there and at other poinls by d'siillers, with the knowledge and aid of the local ofll era, they would cover il so deep that t stiould not im able to discover it that the fact of these transfers of Su pervisors and iteveniie Agents having been published, giving the parties full notice for two or three weeks that liere were to bo t-uch ehunge, would ive ample time to persons inlere-ted to so completely cover their fraudulent transactions us to reii der it almost i.upossible to tr;ice them respectfully Miirgesled that, m my opinion, it would bo much better to nd Home competent, discreet p-r.sui who would not be known, and who i movements would be entirely n cr. t to see wln.t was going on, and in th'.- way the parties could In; caught in tne act of delrauding, and sullicient evi deuce) obtained on which to inaki seizures and thereby get other prools oi Iran I, iiimI urged tiiat this plan should be adopted, not onlv at St. Louis, but at Chicago and other suspected points and tuigtrested to the Secretary that pecial-Agenl JSrooks, who had been on duty Willi mo for about five years would be the verv best man lor that purpose of whom I had knowledge Finally, the Secretary suggested that I had belter see the President, as be had taken a great interest in this matter I, therefore, went directly to tho White House, nw (Jen. Babcock, with whom at that time 1 had scarcely a spea'ting acquaintance, and told him I wanted to see you, that I had been ordered to report tor duty at St. Louis on the loth lust., and I desired to nee you before going, lie refilled that you were en gaged with Senators and members, but that, if 1 would call in an hour, I could nave an interview with you. I called at the time named, nnd Gen Babcock took in my card, nnd I was admitted at once, when Imadellie same statement to you that 1 hud to the Secretary, and made the same sug' gestlon that I had made to him about sending a suitable person or persons without tho knowledge ot ciltn olllcers or ilistilleis, so that they might be detected in the very act or fraud and then manner of stealing and their associations and their combinations fully discovered ; and (hut then, if the Department had tint Confidence In the local officers, a temporary transfer of Supervisors could be made for the purpose of making seizures and prop' erly working up the cases- You lis teued to me attentively, and finally said the more you thought about the subject the more you were convinced thai the transfer ol Supervisors as or dered would result ill little or no good and said you would suspend the order that day. Thus you lully decided lo suspend Die order, and ho stated to ine be lore 1 left you. and before (ion. liuti cock hud an opportunity to speak lo vou on the suldect, as he was not present at the time, and I am quite certain you arrived at this conclusion during our interview. I am eoulldent lhatUen. Babcock could not have In fliieneed you III revoking the order re ferred to, anil that what 1 said to you on the subject was, in my judgment, for the best interests of tbe Revenue ervice, and theresulla In Si. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee fully justifies our action lu the matter. Iliavef. lt it was due to both you and (Jen. Bab cock to make this statement of facta, to be used as you deemed proper, lu view of the charges made from lime to time lu the papers, and especially in the speech of ez-tienator Henderson above referred to. I have tbe honor to be, very respect fully your obedient servant, ALKX. P. 1 ctton, Superviso r. Bowed knees and beautiful words ran riot make prayer ; but earnest de sires from the heart bowed in love, in spired by God's Holy Spirit, and thirsting for God will do It, anywhere or In any place, at any lime. BISHOP HAVEN'S SPEECH. What lie, Hlmi.eirSa.Til About If. Bishop Haven has written a letter to the New York Tribune, in relation to " two hours " speech which he Is al- ledged to have mude In Boston, before the Monday Morning Treachers Meet ing, In which lie nominated Grant for third terra. We make tho following extract: It Is the custom of ourpreuchers'nieet- iugs to invito their visitors to make some remarks on the subjects with which those visitors are familiar. I was thus requested to speak upon the South. Tbe invitation was several weeks old. My engagements had pre vented my being present at any pre - vious meeting after the invitation had been extended. I did not ex pect to speak that morning, us I'rof. Wells, by special arriuigemen, had the floor. It was the announcement of his speech, made the evening before to a crowded audience ut Music Hall, that drew the multitude. Not 60 per sons lu the house Knew Hint 1 nail been iuvited, and hardly one of these expected me to speak. I came to the church near the elope of the add res?, with no intention of speaking. After the I'rofessor was through, the audi ence began to disperse, lhe 1'resi deut called me out. The preachers, some oi) or bo (no 2u0 or half that num ber were present ut any time;. and a hundred or two of the people sot down. I stepped to the front, did not ascend the ul pit platform, and not taking off my overcoat, spoke a few words. It was two or three minutes past twelve when began, and twenty minutes past when I sat down. I noticed theclocK both times. The "two hours" thus dwindles to eighteen minutes. So dwindles tho whole affair. I spoke of the loyalty of the men of color to our nation : of the large membership of our Church in the South ; of our duty as a Church to be true to these, our brethren, as they would he to us. I quoted Mr. Wilson's dying remark, that the next political battle would bo fought, not on the issues of finance or schools, but on the same questions as before liberty and union. 1 then added : "If we throw over our present ruler, who lias saved us once, we shall ruo it." That quotation is correctly made by The Item reporter, und is the only correct item in his whole account, bo far as it relates to my acts or words. I never caid or d i earned of saying that stilted speech, with st retc.hed-up form and rolling eyes I Herewith," mp. which He puts into my mouth. 1 did add, how ever, what he chooses to forget, and what was tho only peculiar word that I uttered, " i'ray, brethren, for the re nominatioa of President Grant." That was all I said. I never renominated him, as the papers had it. Tho Trav eller, 1 think, quoted mo correctly. I asked the brethren to pray for the r - noinination. This J had a perrect right to do; a right as a citizen, as a Chris tian, as a minister, as u man. 1 he brethren niudu no such stilted response as is represented. Some re sponded, Metnodist fashion, by aniens ; some by tba less Methodist fashion ot stamping und clapping. How many responded 1 I. now not. AllerwuiM they approved, by a rising vote, my woids. How much that voto include 1 .1 doo't know. KOSHLIH COLLEGE. AiiuilnaUim Week I.ltcrnry IX li lie. V"C Ac. Mosin-.iM, GitKKXB County. Dec, 18, 1S7.V To the J'.d-ior of the Chronicle : While the wind is howling around our study, and trying in vain to in vade our apartment, your correspond ent is seated before a cheerful hickory lire scribbling a 'ev lines, hoping they may be or interest to home of your many readers. 1 his has been examination week nnd we nre happy to state on the au thority of our worthy President, that the students have made rapid progress in their literary attainments, live be ing a perfect grade the average was four and three-fourths. It is but due to remark by the way that tho past term was characterized by unusual good deportment on the part of the students, not a single demerit being given during the term, which is moro than can bo said of most institutions of this kind. The leading feature in the exercises was the contest between the Literary Societies, which came off last night, in which the young men did exceed ingly well. Tlie following wus the question for discussion : llesolved, That religion exerts a grealer influence over tho minds of men than politics. The affirmative was defended by tho Ciceronean Society, and the negative by tho Piiilolethean. The Societies were represented by the following speakers. Afllrmative Messrs. F. T. Mathews, W. H. Armnitage, A. Armnltugoahd W. G. McCall. Negative Messrs. It. C. Smith, Ji ll. Kuble, II. C. Borden and Samuel Booher. The following gentlemen were chos en to render the decision : Prof. J. ('. Barb, Messrs. D. It. Gass and G. G. Gass. Afier a very animated contpst, in which both sides did honor to their re spective Societies, the decision being called, was given In favor of the affirmative. So closed the term, and tlie titudenta taken their departure, some lo their homes, and others to visit their "lady loves." We wish them a merry Christ mas, and a happy New Year. Hoping you will Mud place In your columns for this communication, we forbear for the present. Yours truly, SiftMA Iter a. A Meteorological Phenomenon. About 8 o'clock on Monday morning a novel and brilliant spectacle was witnessed by those who had tho good fortune ta bo in the vicinity or Chaudiere bridgo. A ls'fie boivof tiro wai seen to descend from the blun heaven, and by thoie who witness ed it wdnot readily be forgotten. It was apparently about fix feet in diameter, and aa bright as the tun, which was shining brightly at tba line. Followed by an hriiuenae train of Bra of a vividna that can not be aaaily described, terminating in an iinioenre body of blood -red flame and dun. a iinnke, it full in an oblique direction lo the west, and then with a fearful bisaibjc noise into tho Ottawa, creating a dome lume of vapor. From the Ottawa (t an.) Free Press.