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VOL XXXVTI-NO. 40 KNOXVILLE, TENN.: WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 29, 1S75. WHOLE NO 1912 TELEGRAPHIC SUMMARY. DOMESTIC. Chahmtoh, 8. C.Dec. 21. Got. Cham berlain h refused to issue the commissions of Whlppef and ex-Gov. Moses, Ibe obnox ious Judges elect, giving the following statement of hi reasons ; I decline to sign the commissions of W. J. Wbipper and J. F. Moans, Jr., elected aa Judges of the Circuit Court of this Bute by the General Assembly, on the 16th Inst., for terms to begin August 20, 1876. By the Constitution of tho State, the Judges of the Circuit Court are to be eleoted for terms of four years. Ity a series of adjudicated cases in the highest Court of the State, extending from 1821 to 1872, it has, in my judgment, been determined that oftieers elooted under tho provisions of luw similar o this provis ion of the present Constitution are entitled to bold their otliccs for the full term pre scribed by tbe Constitution or laws under which the election is held. It follows that, aa the terms of the present incumbents of the o Clces to which the above named per sons claim to havo been eleoted on the loth inst., will not expire until after another general election of members of tbe General Assembly, tbe prosont General Assembly has not the right to elect their successor while in some cases presenting similar legal questions it may not be required of the (over nor to decline to issue commissions. The circumstances of the present case com pel me to this course. (Signed.) " H. Chamberlain, " Governor of South Carolina.' I'im.ADKi.PHiA, Dec. 21. At a meeting of the Presbyterian Ministerial Association resolutions were adopted instructing tbe pastors of Presbyterian churches to prepare a history of theirchurches inorder to carry out tho desiro of the General Assembly, which appointed a committee to consider the propriety of the Church taking part in the Centennial anniversary. The Assembly has designated the first Sunday in July, 1870, as a day of praise and thanksgiving. Oalvkston, Dec. 21. Advices from Eagle Pass state that three hundred Co manche Indian warriors are reported by Mexican traders at Canon of San Kodgers, forty milos above Rimalo. It is thought that their object iu gathering there is to make raids into Texas. Dispatches from Fort Clark state a party of Mexicans crossed the river twelve miles below San Felipe and surprised Pond's Ranche, killing three men and enpturing all the arms and horses and six hundred head of cattle. Companies of citizens are organizing to follow them. Much trouble is apprehended. A terrible massacre is reported near Alokis, in tho Indian Nation. The bodies of four persons were found burned beyond recognition. Others were whites. A pony with a lady's aid saddle, a dog and a gun were found near by. Three men who were seen riding nine milos from the spot are supposed to have done the Bhooting. Tho prairie was fired to destroy tbe trail. Richmond, Va. Deo. 23. A ton seconds earthquake, immediately followed by a briefer one, at forty minutes past eleven lust night, has created much alarm, loo oscil lations from south to north were felt at several points in tho State. KiciiHOKD, Va., Dec 23. The shocks felt hero last night wcro veritable earth quake shocks, and no mistake. No com parison can be made with any similar ante cedent event, inasmuch as it wns the first ever experienced hereabouts. The state menu of persons residing in different sec tions of the city coincide in the main as to the vibrations, duration and force of the shocks. A short time after the cessation of tbo shocks the streets were alive with frighten ed and excited peoplo. Many made their way to the newspaper and telegraph o luces to learn the extent of the phenomena, while others of a more nervous temperament re mained in the streets for hours, not daring to re-enier tneir nouses tor rear or a repeti tion of the shocks; but the remainder of the night pnssod off without further dis turbance. To-day this remarkable epoch iu Kich- mond's history was tho ganeral topio of conversation, u being uiscussci iu mi its phases, each, one having ins own experience to relate. Telegrams from various points in Vir. rin ia report shocks similar to tlmse felt here. In some places a greater number of shocks are reported than in others. None of the reports agree as to the direction of oscillation. As fur as heard from, theshocks were not felt south of Petersburg, west of Lynchburg, norm of Alexandria, nor east of City Point. On James river, along tho Chesapeake and Ohio ltailroad, the shocks were felt as far as Staunton, 150 miles northwest of Kichmond. They were also felt along the line of tbe Kichmond and Danville Railroad to the southern border of tbe State, The probability is that the shocks in Richmond were as severe as at any other point, as no damage worth men tioning is reported from any direction. Sam Fbancisco, Deo. 23. A dispatch from San Diego confirms the report of an archy in Sonora, Mexico: that a revolution is in progress, and the aqui Indians are in revolt. Gov. Pesquiera has levied a special tax to carry on the war. Tho revo lutionary party reported, are about toj in vade Sinaloa, and business is prostrated. No further demonstrations have been made by the banditti at Oampa. Tbe presence of a posse rrom Ban Uiogo keeps them tenv porarily quiot, but they threaten rovengo lor enooting and hanging their comrades in tho recent raid. Lopez has been iu com mand of the banditti si. ;e tbo ueuth of Couege. 1 he Mexicans living on the border, with but few exceptions, are in league with UiO banditti. A cavalry company will leave here to-morrow for San Dieiro." Pout Jkbvis, Dec. 23. Joseph II. Dick er, of Liberty, Hullivau couuty, shot his w-te and cut his own throat, financial dillicultiesare thought to be the cause. Noaiol.K, Doc. 23, The stockholders of tbo Atlantic, Mississippi ana Ohio Railroad met cere '.o-uay ana re-elected Ucu. i niuuouo rresiueni lor live years, and ul.-o tun old Board ot Directors. Ikdianafolis, ltfi., Dee. 2C.-r-IIarry Holloway, - Superintendent of the Post Office has bean iadietad by the graud Jury vu vuaigo hi rucmviug a urine irom W. C. Mason in consideration for scouring the contract for repairing mail bags. Hol loway resigned and demands immediate examination. Oemiva, N. Y., Dec. 24. Tbe While Spring farm buildings and mansion wore burned to-day. It was owned by James O. fcihel'lon. xue loss is estimated at $ oU.WO. Washiuqtok, Dec. 23.--The following Southern Special Agents of the 1'. 0. De partment have been dropped: C. S. Bell of Missouri, Henry Booth of Georgia, G. B. Chamberlain of Ueorgia, w. t. vox ol Texas, A. 1". litiggins of Mississippi, and Z. D. Kamsdell of West Virginia. The following Spocial P. 0. Agents have boen reappointed, with their headquartors: L. M. Terrell, Atlanta ; W. L. Hunt, St. Louis; S. D. Brown, Louisville; Tbos. B. Long, Salisbury, N. C; J. R. Jolly, Now Orleans; W. P. Kdgerton, Little 'Rock; John Frey, Atlanta, (in.: Jno. It. Minnis, New Market, Tenn : T. Jt. Hhalcross, Wheeling, Attorney-General ricrrepom tny there is no truth in the report that the Pre-ddcn! tavors the pardoning ot Joyce. On and after li-reiuiier 2lMh, 187.", a tlrst class stoum "sirou" will be sounded at Cape llcnlopen beacon-light station, during thick weather, by a blast of tl seconds intervals (or 8'J seconds. Secretary Brirtow decides that the cos tumes for the "Carobellian PcKakin So. ciety" to be used for a procossion on New Year's evening can not bo admitted duty free under the head of "regalia." Boston, Deo. 24. The Harvard accepts tho Yules challenge for the eight-oared race. Baltimore, Dec. 24. Mrs. Elizabeth Sinclair and Mrs. Sallio Strieker have been arrested for producing abortion upon Mrs. Elizabeth Aye, who died from the effects of it. San Fbancisco, Dec. 24. Twonioro com panies have brcu ordered to the Sonera line. CmcAno, Dec. 21. Eleven Important business houses at Red Oak have been burned. Loss, $05,00(1. Msarnis, Dec. 24. A. Woodward, who absconded two years ogo with $160,000, and a defaulter as County Trustee, has been brought from San Francisco and lodged in jail. Ho threatens to make it warm for others who shared in the embezzlement. Boston, Dec. 24. The creditors of Fer dinand Oildowski accept 38, cents on tho dollar. Philadelphia, Pa., Dee. 25. Carl Ruhl, editor of tbe German Democrat, and a well-known journalist, is dead. Trenton, N. J, Dee. 26. The ninety ninth aniversiary of the battle at Trenton will be celebrated Monday next. New UK no, N Y., Deo. 23. The Hudson river is open here. NasuviLLE, Dec. 20. At a social party near Gallatin, Joel Barnes shot and killed Jack Budlette, in a quarrel over the posses sion of a chair. St. Louis, Dec. 27. The Police are or dered to arrest everybody engaged in sell ing Missouri State or other lottery tickets. Mkmi'his, Dec. 27. Col. Galloway, ol the Appeal, lost his right eye, had his nose broken nnd received other probably fatal wounds by tho explosion of a toy cannon. Two other persons were badly nurt. Jacksonville, III., Deo. 27. The stock yards and sale stables belonging to How ai d Thompson toeethor with a large quan tity of hay, corn and oats, and Mrs, Fay's dwelling were burned on last Saturday night. Total loss $20,000. Tho latter was insured for $15,000 in the Franklin Insur ance Company of Philadelphia. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendi ary. Cincinnati, Dec. 27. The hogs slaughtered up to date, number 828,'JoO ; up to the same time last year, 328,205. Lowkll, Mass., Dec. 27. The 80th an nual statistical report, issued this week, shows that in the Lowell mills there are 800,000 spindles and 187,750 looms, 10,500 female and 7,000 male operatives, 3,100,- out) yards of goods are produced per week, 00,000 yards of woolens, 40,000 yards of carpeting, 2,500 shawls, and 20,000 dozens ot Hosiery. J. here are consumed weekly. 903,000 pounds of cotton and 152,000 pounds or wool, me number ot yams dyed and printed per annum is 08,880,000. Nearly all these items are in excess over last year's figures, and some of thoui very considerably. Qlincv, III., Dec. 27. lion. W. A. Richardson died of paralysis. Col. Rich ardson served live tonus in tbo National House of Representatives, and was elected to fill tho vacancy in theSenate occasioned by the death of Hon. Stephen A. Doug lass. His age was sixty-four years. Boston, Dec. 27. Tho trial of Abra ham Jackson, tbe well known stock broker, fur forgery, has commenced. At the Methodist preachers' meeting here to-day an effort was made to havo placed before the public a paper setting forth the views of the meeting with reference to the third term speech of Bishop Haven, but failed. Lawrence, Mass., Deo. 27.-The Pacific Mills, employing 5,000 operatives, have given their employees notice that they will reduce wages from 10 to 15 per cent, on tho first of January. The proprietors state that they are obliged to either muke tho proposed reduction or clo?o doors. Haiirisiu'iki, Pa., Deo. 27. Hampton Miller, aged l'J years, shot his stop-father, Thomas Morgan, to-day. Morgan had been to a lodge meet iog and was shot in the back while packing some books away. The murder was premeditated. Four weeks ajo he (Morgan), received a letter warning him to be carclul, as a member of a certain society had been deputised to kill him if he came in his way. The writer expressed a willingness to doit himself, and said: "For God s fake keep out of my way, fur I must do it if tlicie is any show." It is believed his wife was cogni zant of the plot to kill hor husband. Proviiienck, 11. I., Dec. 27. Phil lip tiollergher was drunk, and whilo at tempting to kick hi wile be killed his year old child which shohad iu her anus. Lawkk.ni'E, Mass., Deo. 27. Nettie fmith and Ann Conlins aged respectively 0 and 11 years, were drowned by the ice breaking through wi.li thciu whilo skating. Boston, Deo. 27. Tho Bchooiier N. 11. Gould lelt Hyannes for Boston on tlie'JSth ult., and it is believud that it was foundered in a gale that night with nil bands onboard, Nkwiiuko, bi. Y., Deo. 27. A mur der occurred at a cock-tight here lust night. HAsTiNus-oN-TnE-HuDsos, Dec, 27. The Hudson River Sugar Refinery, owned by Kathborn, Hope, Ott'erman & Doeher, is burned. Loss, $500,000. Insurance, leas than $300,000. One hundred and tit ty persons out of employment. Two were inj ured. Philadelphia, Dec. 27. The Seoretary of the Centennial Commission has letter announcing that ths editors of Indiana,wlth their wives, numbering about 200 persons, will visit Philadelphia about the Kith of January, for the purpose of viewing the Centennial buildings. An inter-national regatta, under the auspices of tbe United States Centennial Commission, will take place in the harbor of New York on or about the 22d of June, 1870. This regatta will be open to all yachts belonging to organized yacht olubs. The Centennial Commission will award medals and diplomas to ths winning yachts of each class in addition to priies offered by the yachting organization. Ar rangements for this regatta have been placed in the hands of a rommitton, of whicb George 8. KingsUmls, Commodore ot the Now ork iacbt Club, is Chairmnn, Jno. 8. Dickerson, Commodoro of the Brooklyn Yacht Club, Secretary, and other prominent gentlemen, who will have the arrangement of details. asm I noton, I), t ., Dec. "c the Inter-Ocean has four columns about how llabcock and tho whisky men of Chicago will appear beforo a Congressional Com mittee end make a clean breast of it and eecapo under the law which prevents pun- I ishnienton evidence elicited by such a Committee. The plan, aecordiug to the Inter-Ocean, includes the implication of Bristow and the rest. There is no foundation for the rumor in St, Louis that Mr. Mariscale, the Mexican Minister, has made a contract with Gens. Shelby and Bacon, of Montgomery, for emigration to Mexico. Mr. Mariscale says he has no instructions to enter into such agreements, and there is no olllcial agency for emigration to Mexico estab lished in this country. The Executive Ollice will be closed to general visitors until January 3d. The War and Navy Departments will close at noon to-day. During the week the President has recog nized Freiderica Granadas, as Vice Consul to Spain at Savannah. The demand of Hubbard, of San Francis co, who assigned, in 1870, his claim for goods destroyed by the Alabama, to Osgood & Stetson, to Jsecuro n loan of $."00 was under consideration to-day. Hub bard claims that tbe assignment was collat eral to secure the loan. Osgood & Stetson olaim it was a bona fide purchase, which view the Alabama Claims Commission sus tained, and giving Hubbard's award to Os good & Stetson, which was $9,000. Hub bard's attorneys have filed a bill for an injunction to prevent the payment of the award to Osgood & Stetson. In alluding to the Inter-Ocean publica tion the Star says General Babcock this morning called upon Secretary Bristow and stated with considerable force of rhet oric that tbe publication, in so far as it con cerned him, was a malicious falsehood. To a Star representative he stated, "It is an infamous lie from beginning to end." Tho Comptroller of the Currency calls for the condition of the National Banks on the close of business Friday, December 17. Information has been recoived that sev eral native tribes encouraged by the success of the Grelac tribe near f 'ape Palmers, made an attack recently on tho settlers in another part of Liberia, but were vigorous ly repulsed. A private letter says that the peace of the Republic is somewhat dis turbed by tho question of color. President Roberts is much embarrassed on this ac count the fact of his not being of pure African blood being objectionablo to many who are. An intelligent negro from the West Indies is the principal agitating spir it, who seoks to establish a political color test, taking the side of the blacks against those of light complexion. Tbe more or derly of the Liberians would rejoice if they could bo relievod of the leader in this course of mischief. Nev Yobk, Dec. 27. The bodies of two men, aged respectively 25 and 45 years, were nonr Newark, N. J., supposed to have suicided. Imports lust week : Dry goods, $0'J3, 053 ; merchandise, $107,340. Specie imports last week: $12.52;, of which $12,200 were gold coin. Specio exports lust week : $203,785, principally silver bars. FOREIGN. Qieesstown, Dec. 21. Tlio steamship Kcnitsworth, which left Liverpool on the 13th, and tuis point the following day for Philadelphia, has roturned here, having lost her propeller. London, Deo. 21. Tho Times has a special telegram from I'enang, saying that General Calborne reports be has taken Kin tali without any loss, Maharajabs, Isniael and Lei a havo tied to Palane. Tho Times' correspondent writes the only explanation of Montenegro's uttitudo, and that is the hope tbat he will be allowed to interfere in favor of Herzegovina. A note containing tho proposals ot tho Northern powers to Turkey is about to be sent to Kngland, France and Italy, with invita tions to join in their support. Put Into Holvliead with tho loss of her maintopsaSlyunI, I he bai l; Capri from Liv erpool lor Tybee. and the bark Sbur ken hoc, from Bristol for Peiisacola, before reported abandoned ; was passed December 10th, in latitude 38, longitudo 17". Havana, Dec. 24. Careful inquiring fails, at tho otlico of the Chief of Police and Custom House, to confirm tho rumor of the presence of Win, M. Tweed in this city. New Yokk, Dec. 27. Mr. Lavallcy, President of the French Society of Civil Engiucers, and inventor of the powerful apparatus which contributed to the rapid Construciion of the Suez Canal, announces that fifteen experimental soundings havo been made in the straits of Dover, and in none of them wcro tho results unfavorable to the possibility of boring a tunnel to join France and England. And Mr. Lavullev adds that all the engineers are agreed that the completion of tho project is only n question of time and money. London, Dec. 27. Herr l'enner, n cor respondent of the Sjhlisischi ZoLung in Bosnia, has been arrested, imprisoned, and maltreated by the Turkish troops. The Berlin foreign olUoer is asked to interfere. Berne, Dec. 27. During the celebration of Christum.-' in a school bouse at Hellidan, canton of Argun, the floor gave way, kill ing eighty persons and wounding fifty oth ers, some seriously. Sam Sebastian, Deo. 27. Owing to the vigorous bombardmeut of Bernard by tb Carlists, the situation there has bocome critical, and it is thought probable that the garrison will be compelled to evacuate, unless promptly reinforced. , 1 1HE SOUTHS BIG SHARE. Tw. hit two lloii 4 balrnmatihip ilvr. in (bat Hectloa. BytlMia h U New York Tribune. Wakhisiuon, Deo. 21. The excite iiiciii nvx the appointment of the t'oiiiinitiei and disappointments of tbeiuDiubiVtooiiliuua quite unabated ai l'..' 'inihti who remain, in the city. An nii'i!yi of lie list teud rather lo iiicn.i-. than ubate discontent. Itlw ! i i i 1 1 1 1 1 1 a i mil of :-';! working oom mitti'i ol i ih Houne, which, in their full i cl.-, inbraoc the enl ire Imaitiessof the ei'U i ry, the Southei nor late Wave Htates l,.ie 22 of ilieir chuirmntishipg, eiutirueitig such important committees as those on Klectionx, Judiciary, Com merce, Pai'lllc Railroad, Post-Olllce, Naval A Hairs, Railways ami Cuiiulx, Foreign AflHirs, Claims, Hevlslon of the Lhwh, Kdiication nnd Lutmr, Dis trict of Columliiu, PutentH, and many others. New-Knglaml, with ten Dem ocrat ic inemlierH, doea not receive i clmiroiHiiHhip of any kind whatever, big or little. New York receives two, those of the llaukiug unit Cur rency and Civil Service Commit 'ees. iNew Jersey receives nothing. Petinsylvauia receives those of Appro priations nnd Invalid Pensions, ami yet IS'ew-Knglaud nnd the three Htutes just named have well uigh as largo a population aa the lr late Slave States, with u fur larger proportion of old and experienced Democratic members. The fact that about the same popula tion that gets four chairmanships, iu the North and Kast get 22 in the South, puts a great many teeth ou edge among the Northern Democracy; and h is about as bad for the West and North West, where only seven chairmanships in all are given to Ohio, Indiana, Illi nois, Michigan, kViHcmiHiu.lowa, Min nesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada, California and Oregon, Indeed, the last named eight States do not have a single chairmanship, over 5,000,000 of people not beiug represented at the head of any committee. The South ern States have about one-third of the population of the whole country to day, and they get two-thirds of the chairmanships, and it is very hard to make Northern and Western Demo crats contented with such a dis pensation. Ueueral Banks, elected by the Democratic party as an independent, is grossly slighted. He was for several years Chairman of Foreign Affairs, and in the second ses sion of the Forty-second Congress, af ter lie had vigorously supported Mr. Greeley, a Republican House, by vote, continued him in his Chairmanship. Now he is not only deposed from his Chairmanship, but is subordinated on the Committee to Churles James Faulk ner, of West Virginia, of whom noth ing more need be said in this connec tion. Mr. Chittenden, of New York, is another Independent who is most conspicuously snubbed. Indeed, the Independent members, whose course aided the Democrucy, are less kindly treated by that party than they have been by the llepublicuns whom they hurt. It is no exaggeration to say that the discontent with the Committee as signments is widespread, general and bitter among a large class of Northern Democrats. Among Republicans there is very little feeling, as they consider themselves outsider, with no rights which Democrats are disposed to re spect. Iu general, however, leading Republicans havo been fairly treated, though it is thought that Mr. Kasson has ground for complaint in not being retained on the Ways and Means or the Appropriations Committee, on both of which he has bad many years' experience. The Philadelphia Religious Revival Philadelphia, December 22. The audience at the Depot Church, to-day, was the largest Unit has yet attended. Mr. Moody discoursed on the subject of " Prayer and Faith.' The attendance to-night was not so large as usual. Mr. Moody culled the attention of his hearers to one word, " com passion," and inorder to bring his theme into prominence cited many instances' from Scriptures where the word U employed, aud gave an account of the cleansing of the leper when Jesus had compassion on iiim. The speaker stated a fallen woman had at tended services on Sunday. She had been coninced, had gone into the In quiry Room and been converted. She had now left her sinful abode and gone back to her home. The Inquiry Rooms to-night were well filled. There will be no preach ing ou Friday or Saturday nights. Proposed Investigations of Elections. Special dispatch to the New York Tribune. Washington, Dec. 21. Senators West of Louisiana and Spencer of Ala bama are preparing to leave for their respective States to meet the investi gations that will be made touching the manner of their election to the Senate. The Louisiuna Legislature will meet Juu. 3d, aud it is expected a resolution to appoint an investigating committee will be passed immediately after or ganization. The Democrats suy '.he evidence against West lias been col lected uud urrunged, and is ready for presentation, uud they claim to have a very strong case against him. The Alabama Legislature will meet on Dec. in, when a foruiul investigation id' tlie charges made against Spencer will lie again begun. - Bridge Built in Twenty-one Days. Pltil.AnEi.i-iiiA, Dec. 21. On the 20th of November lust Col. Scott, president of the Pennsylvania Rail road Company, submitted to Mayor SUilicly u proposition lo erect a bridge over the Schuylkill River at Murket street, where the old structure once stood, aud to have the same completed before Uie 1st of Juuury next. This proposition was accepted, aud at 1 o'clock to-day the bridge was thrown open to the public, the work of iu construction having been done in less than twenty-one days from the time the Mayor slgued the ordiuauce au thorizing it. The Pacific Railroads Committee and Subsidy Schemes. Sptcml Taligram to tha Commercial. Washington, December 22. The dissatisfaction that was an noticeable last Monday evening, regarding com mittees, lias nearly all passed away, and by the time Congress re convenes, there will not be a trace of it left. Whether it was the result of premedi tation or not, must be surmised, but in the case of the Pacific Railroads Com mittee Mr. Kerr appears to have done all thnt the Texas Pacifio projector could ask, in the face of his record against giving Government aid to pro mote enterprise", and the vot of the House last week on the subsidy reso lution. It is hinted to-night Unit the Speaker, in this, was merely playing a shrewd game to help Hendricks to the Presidency. The general Impression is that no subsidy proposition will be Indorsed by the House at this session, for fear it will injure the party pros pects at the Presidential election next year. After that no one can tell what may happen. The appointment of a committee strongly In favor of the Texas Pacific will therefore please the friends of that project, while it will not be of any real beuefit to them. The President's Des Moines Speech. The January number of the Catholic World contains a remarkable articln upon Vrosidont Grant's speoch at Des Moines, Iowa, at tho Convention of the Army of the Tonnossce, on Septomber 21-'. It pro fesses to find that all Grant said of the rela tions of Church and Stuto and of the con test which he predicted might occur be tween "patriotism and intelligence on the one sido, and superstition, ambition and ig norance on tno otnor," is in portoct accord with tho teachings of Catholicism. "The speoch expresses," says tbe Catholic World, "bottur titan many imagine the common sentimonts of the American people," and of urant it oeciares, ' ail must admit that no is a true American, formed and moulded by tbo events in which he has moved, and truly representing the country and the times." ltatiirmstiiat if Grant's recommen dations in the speech are adopted the Church will be contont The articlo is very ably written, and the process of reasoning by which the President is made to appear the champion of the Korean Catholic theory of the common school system is really ingonious. but whotbor tho Prosi dont will accept this argument as the truo interpretation of his speech is an interest ing question. m - The Business Prospect. That observing and caroful commercial journal, tho New York Bulletin, reports that the yoar is closing with symptoms of some improvement in thecondition of busi ness affair. During this month there has i i 1 r..ii. ir: .i.. i um-u n uixrnru inning on ill uiu nuiiiuur ui failures, which is a rather remarkable fact considering that the settlements to be made in the lat month ot tho voar are always tbe sevoroet tost of tbe rnsourcos of men of buslnos. iailuros are in tho host times oxpocted at tho end of the year, but at present they are few and insigniticant. Another welcome symptom is the growing activity in the money market. The Bulle tin says: "It is refreshing to find tho rate for call loans quoted at plump 7 per cent., and this not as the result of any temporary specula tive manipulation, but of a healthier de mand lor loans, and of a growing disposi tion throughout the country to employ capital which has long laid idle. There Beems to be somo reason to hopo that 187' will open with a bettor fueling. After all tho liquidation of the two last years, tho full in prices, the cutting down of wages, tho economizing of trade expenditures, the reduction of rents and tho wnolesalo wei-d-injr out of weak firms aftor all this thorough work of reconstruction, business certainly ought to bo on a basis sale enough toencourRge production and a generally freer employment of capital, and merchants should feel that thoy cun atl'ord to be less timid than thoy havo boen since the panic." " Civil Service." Among the committees appointed by Mr. Kerr is one ou Civil Service Re form. The duties of this Committee are, we believe, to see that good men are appointed to ollice and kept there during good behavior. The members are also to censure all attempts to dis miss competent men for political rea sons. This is a good idea, and tiie sooner the Committee goes to work the better. Let it inquire how many competent men, men of honor and capacity, who have been for years in the service of the House, have been dismissed in the past few days. Let it demand the reasons for these removals, the names of the persons appointed to succeed them, ami the reasons for the appointment of these new men. Let it summon the Postmaster and ask him for the names of the battalion of ex-Confederate soldiers which have been brought from Alexandria to find snug berths in the capital they tried so hard to burn a few years ago. Let it give the couutry the names of the members who have recommended the wholesale removal of old and faithful and efficient servants of the House to make room for the squads of ex-Congressmen, politicians, "bummers" aud rebels who have been quartered on the House- There is no better Way to begin this civil serviceinveatigution. The House is Democratic. If the Democrats mean to have this reform now is their chance. It would not be a bad idea for Mr. Rlaine to oiler a resolution that will enable the country to see how the par ty has observed civil service reform. In the meantime we would like one of our correspondents to send us a list of inese removals, ot tno lime each re moved officer has served the House, of those appointed and the names of the Congressmen securing their appoint ment. This will make interesting Christmas reading for " the civil ser vice reformers." N. Y. Herald Dec. 22. New Paper. We have received the prospectus of a new Republican weekly paper, to be issued at Chattanooga about the 1st day of February, Dr. O. A. Oowau editor. It will be called the Watch man. Dr. Oowan is a fluent writer, and will no doubt, make an intereitlng paper. Kalis no Heal WCars Caaintla A 'New ensetlj' BIbs Va! y PraanTlTaala I.atr-" flora It hita Hld Hor WcBtferfalljr. From the Lancaster (IV) Examiner. There are many strange and unusual things resorted to for the cure of that which all tlie well-known and common remedies have been administered. We havo beard that dog oil and dog moat havo been used, with benellcial ctlect for lung disoato, nnd tho Keading Kagley has discov ered a casein that city. Willi a view of ascertaining the ell'octs of using that rotne dy, our reporter culled on a lady in the southern section of ilin city, a Mrs. Shupp, residing at tho foot of Second street, who has been treated, and is at present using tho oil and meat, Sbo raid that sho had been given up by tho doctors, who stated that one of her lungs was, entirely gone. Several weeks ago the did nothing but cough from morning until night, and from night until morning. She had several hemorrhages, and sho was so weak that she could hardly get out of bed. After tho doctors gave her up she had almost given up all hopo of getting well, and she was thinking of an oarly death, finally she was told by a Gorman doctor to use oil render ed from the fat of a dog, and also to eat tbe meat. The lady said, "You may think how 1 felt when I was told to do that. It was terrible. 1 knew that tho dog was no animal to eat, ami had never been intended lor sucn purpose, ifut l was determined to try it. Lite to mo is swoet, and I made up my mind to anything if I had faith i.i it. So 1 got Mr. tV'illiain Hilton, a colored man, to get me a clean little animal and kill it. The bind quarters of tho dog were brought to me, al?o sevornl quarts of oil. I found no difficulty in taking tho oil, but whon it came to eating the meat the thought itself was fearful. 1 lirst fried it and tried to forco it down tbat way, but 1 failed. 1 was always thinking of w'tat 1 wax about to eat, and that rather than the taste of tho moat was what nearly turned my stomach. Then I triod to eut the moat cold, but that would not work. Finally, 1 stewed it with a few vegetables and made a soup out of it, and in that way I forced it down. I found out tbat the oil was doing me much good, and 1 thought the meat would help mo. moro, so 1 determined to eat it. Now, 1 ran relish it stewed, fried or cold. A dog la just as clean as a hog any time, and the meat has a better taste. I have eaten a whole one and have nearly finished the socond one. In tbe morning when I got up the first thing I do is to swallow a bait cup full of oil, and then I go down stnirs and eat some of the tlesh stew ed, and I know that it is doing me good. My cough is relieved, 1 can sloop at night, my appetite is good, I feel better and am stronger. Indued, I pity anybody who has the consumption, and if I could relieve anybody, 1 would be willing to walk twen ty milos to do so. It is a torrible thing, I assure you, and tho present remedy I am using seems torrible to contemplute, but it is not any worse than using cod-iiver oil. All we have got to do is to tight down the idea or the though of what it is, and tbe taking)of it becomes easy afterwards. When vory cold woather comes, 1 intend to take considerable exorcise in walking. If 1 go out now 1 might lake cold. 1 am deter mined to cure myself." Tho lady laughed pleasantly, and seemed happy that she thought there was hone for recovery. She looKed ns if sho would succeed in getting entirely woll. After promising to call again in a month's time to soe how she was gotting along, tho roporter and his lricnd gave the lady good aftornoon. What Might Astoniah a Modern Belle (From ths Sundsy Times and Messenger. J imagine what a sensation a lady would create in these times should she make her appearance dressed iu the following costume, a descriptiou of which is taken from " Maicom's Anec dotes:" A black silk petticoat, with.a red and white calico border; olftrry colored stays, trimmed with blue and silver; a red and dove-colored gown, flowered with large trees ; a yellow satiu apron, elaborately trimmed ; a muslin head-dress with lacerutlles; a black silk scarf and a spotted silk hood. "8uch was the costume worn by a lady iu 170S." Further on, we rend of Indies' head-dresses costing from one to two hundred dollars. A greutde.i! Ii.is boen said about the ex travagHiic' of women of the present day ; but tbe modern I'cli - would stand agliiist should she b asked to pay two hundred dollars for a b innct; and it is doubtful whether the expensive heud ..-.ir referred to was any more beco ik to the wearer than the jaun ty in-- -i.vliwh hats woru bythe"girU of the period." ' Meritorious. To the Editors of the Chronicle: i desire to mention through your columns the names of those students, who have distinguished themselves in Powell's Valley High School. It has required extra deportment and close application to eutitle a student to a place among these names. Only those are mentioned who have averaged more than four-fifths of perfect grade, and those interested may feel assured that whoever is enrolled in this num ber Is fully worthy of the honor. The lirst three have deserved the extraor dinary grade of 'J.li; 10 denoting perfect. Will E. Johnston, Cora Miller, Sneed Rogers, Lafayette Bruce, Ollie Petree, Maggie Irwin, Socrates Petree, Mary Hampton, A. Wyatt Irwin, Win. McNeely, Frank Me New, Hharp Richardson, Lou Sharp, Frutik Rich ardson, TViniie Vanbcbber, Rolert Maupin, Win. Smith, Maggie Kiu caid, Alfred Dossett, S. I. Rogers, tieo. W. lJruniniett, Lafuyette Petree, Eli (iilreuth, Jas. J. Murs, Mary Sharp, Whitt W. Smith, Hallie Huttou, W. P. Roberts. Jeuuie McNeely, Emma Clark, leo. Clsrk. J. E. Johnston, Principal. It will bo remembered that a few days after Tuft committed suicide in ChuUauooga,a mail numod Simpson ar rived there, aud cluiuied that Tuft had ben his partner, aud robbed him of a largo amount of money. Simpson went to Muscle Shouls to get a con tract, aud there had au attack of de lirium tremens, and expressed a wish to he taken to Knoxville. A man, whose name the Chattanooga Times did not learn, started with him aud took him as far as Courtlaud. Simp sou had about iroUO on his person then. The next day he was found almost lifeless on the railroad track, and his money gone.