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THE CIVIL SERVICE.
It Is a misfortune of our system of Civil Service that men may accomplish the moat noteworthy ftml meritorious deeds wherein they will demonstrate tlio possession of patriotism, Integrity, Industrious real, culture, elilll, courage, unit oil the highest end beat qualities of manhood, and yet seldom lie known outside a small official circle too often too envious to let the time of the performance get abroad. If Charley O'Malley, of the Onety-onth "Hoss," en rountera band of wandering Sioux, and, encounter ing, whips thorn, Ma achievement fotthwltli l lioraldcd from one end ot the land to the other) It Tom Topsail, with tits boat's crow, encoilnlera the Vinccaneer and rams Ida own death's-head and cross tionea down liU piratical throat, forthwith the captain of Ida ahlp embalms his etplolt In the terse Fngllsh ot an official despatch, which anon tl.e eager news man telegraphs from the Navy otBce to every news paper lit the United States; and the names ot O'Malley and Topsail are on every lip. In time their valorous exploits are fulcrum and lever by which they are raise to places ot high reward. But your Italpli Redtape may conceive, elaborate, and promulgate through the head of Ms department the reforms which may save the. nation's llfes he may detect and btlng to Jnstlcs the ring of thieves whose hands are filching ths people's money, and whose vlllilny Is corrupting the publlo conscience and do ming tho honor iif the commonwealth) while on his meagre salary hols restricting his llcsh and blood to the commonest necessities or lite and tlio humilia tions of poverty are dally eating Into his soul he may repel the Insidious approach of the corruption and lobbyist, and refusing the proffered bribe which would bring ease and romtort to his deaf ones nnd relief from wearing anxieties to himself a foe more dm gerous, wily, strong, and cruel than wild Indlin or btick-lieailcd buccaneer may aave the people untold millions! and 801110 secretary or held ot department Is lauded from ev cry house-top as n faithful, Incor ruptible, and vlRtlaut guardian of the national honor and treasure! And 1ledtapt;f Well, he la taught the lesson thai virtue Is Its own reward; It happily a change In the head of the department doos not bring him the alternative ot ft reduction In grade and salary In order that sot.no pothouse partisan may be rewarded for party services, or a resignation "with leave of absent for thirty daya!" As well land Oert. Bherman because O'Malley has performed his duty, or praise Admiral Porter on ac count of Tiisall'a performance, as to give .to the Secretary of the Department of I'ubllo Welfare the credit for the aetl and courage and Integrity and patriotism of poor Itedlape, "third-class clerk In tho Secretary's omrcl" This Is only one way or a thousand of putting the deficiencies nnd Inconsistencies ot the Civil Service, amlot showing how unequally the systems adopted operate to affect the Interests of the personnel of tho various branches of the public service. No one who Is at all conversant Willi the Civil Service or acquainted with Its officers haj failed to observe that there aro many men holding subordinate positions In the Departments who are In every way attest 'for the highest and most honored places. Hut no one so conversant and acquainted falls to also recognize the fact that so long as our present system Is practiced the inerltorlousclerk will be permitted to remain tho merit orious clerk, correcting the orrorsof his Ignorant su periors thrown Into position by the mutations of party fortune, till some day his breath and his pay are cut short 'simultaneously, and he Is carted out to the cometery, while his widow Is permitted to keep a boarding house or Is given a position on tho "la borer's roll" at ft compensation which will scarcoly pay for the rent of ft decent house to keep her grow ing hungry children In. SKETCHES OP DEPARTMENT FICERS. OF- m.-ANttlSTANT HECRETAHY UK IX. The subject of Hits sketch. Is a gentleman r ram rultnro and literary attainments. In early youth ho gave promise of a brilliant future, and his friends, among wnom was iionry .i. ivj",",, Croat lournallstand founderof the New York Time, predicted lie would be heard from. And he lias been. Ills talents are of avarlcd character. IIe lias figured as editor, lawyer.lecturer.autbor.eoldior, and official, nt only with a clean record, but with marked ability In every particular and great credltto himself. Alonzo Holt is a native of New York, having been born In that city In August, 1830. He spent most ot his ....n. ... vvr. mi tha Hudson river. There he etudled and practiced law with Mr. J. II. Btodwelll lie also edited the Examiner and Cforfon of that place for several years. The Clarion was afterwards merged with nnd Is now a rart of tho Yonkcrs SfcrfM ,,,, itwasatYonkera that he delivered his first lecture when, according to an Intimate friend, he had barely nttatned his majority. The proceeds wero to be devoted to the fund of a literary society of which he waa a member. Tho hall was crowded to Its ut most limit, and the net profits amounted to some I0S. This, In view of the fact that tickets were but 25 cents each, nnd that the town at that time had only a popu lation ot about 5,000, was exceedingly flattering to the young lecturer. Indeed It Is seldom nowadays. In Washington even, that the average professional lecturer will have much over fM "bouse" at Lincoln Hall, and that too after lie Is well advertised. The subject of his lecture was the "Elements of Success," wtth which be must have been very familiar, as his subsequent career has amply verified. During the progress of this lecture he held his audi ence with unllred attention, and It was received with groat enthuslaom. Many Vashlugtonlans are well aware of Mr. Bell's accomplishments as a lecturer, He has from time to time delivered quit a number here, principally at the Congregational Church and Masonic Temple. U Is lectures are usually the pro ductions of considerably study and research and are well conceived. Mr. Bell Is a gentleman of great personal magnetism, which In connection with a tine presence and an eloquent and animated style ot de livery make htm J ust tho man for a platform speaker. He Is forcible In phrase and elegant In rhetoric, i.ii his animated elocution and charm of manner ndda to the Interest of the Intrinsic merit of his matter. r ii.Tincrth war lie served with the Seventeenth Rcgltnentof New York Volunteers and won avgood record. In July, 1M4, he came to Washington, and was In that month appointed to a clerkship by Secre tary Chase In tho Second Auditor's Office, where he urnd until the summer ot 1876, wheu lie was trans ferred to the office of the Secretary of the Treasury. It was between the years of ISO and 1878 that ,he contributed so much to literature. Besides being art occasional correspondent of the New York IVI&uns t... wmt. i.ttnrit) other Northern papers. He was the author U many polUfcal tracts and sclentlAc writings. Uo also wrote a number of leading-magazine articles, which were chiefly published anony mously in the Washington "Republic," a maga-tlno-ln M way, by the way, related to Brother Banisdell'i"J?ajuMU,1 unless aaortof deceased foster godfather which nourished about Uiat time and was Issued monthly. It was' during this period that he wrote and delivered tils lectures. He has also written some very clever poems. Ho wan an actjve member of the Masonic fraternity, aJ was for several years connected with several of tbs leading organisations of Washington) was the presiding officer of the Irving Lyceum Debating Society for seven terms. He succeeded Mr. A, M., C'lapp as the president of the New York Republican Association. It was at the bead of these organisations that he particularly clume. for in bis readiness as a debater and as a par liamentarian he waa without an equal, and In these respects could no doubt,put to the blush many of the so-called " shining lights " la Congress. He remained lu the Treasury until November, 1875, when he was appointed Chief Clerk of the Interior Department, AmUhlslsbowbocainetogetltt The first step of Mr. Chandler's administration was the Infusion of new blood. He applied to James M. Ed munds, then city poelwiistor, for aid In the selection ot a Chief Cleik, ami was by Win. advised to tender that Important position to Alonso Bell. What fol lows Illustrates some ct Mr. Chandler's methods of transacting busluess, Mr. Bell at his desk In Win der's Building received a despatch late one afternoon In November, 1870, which icadr "The Secretary of the Interior desires to see yon." The next morulng at o'clock be Has In walling In thoouterchamberof Secretary Chandler's rime, awl shortly after that gentleman euteteil. Ill a lew luluutes Mr, Bill was aummonoi into his loom, nnd sir, Chandler saldi flood inoridiig, Mr. Bell) i suppose Oea, Cowen (the then Assistant Semlari j has told you whit the business vrllbvou Is V" Mr. Hell insured. Hlhave had a very pleasant talk Willi hliu, but there basboen no business alluded to by us." Mr. Chandler then said, II have concluded to appolut ou Chief Clerk of the Interior Department) will you accept?" "Yes, air, ' ' was the reply. ' ' Vers "ell, ' ' said Mr. Chan dler "go ahead." Ml. Bill weait at once to the Treasury, filed bis resignation, and within an hour returned lo the UjIceU the Secretary of tho Interior, He found btiu in a luiifeience ti two Souators, and this conversation follow e.li 'air, awreiary, I have I aken the oath and am ready lo go to woi k, " ' Very well) do you know where to find the Chief Clerk's loom?" "No, sir." "Well, sir, It won't take you long lo look It up." Mr. Bell started on theseanb for It, and within a few moments had relieved the gentleman temorurlly In ((urge, taken possession uf Its desk, aud commenced business. He helJ the Chief Clerkship until April 1877, when Secretary Bcuuiz i auio lit, aw! he, having heard so much of Mr, Bell'a valuable services as Chief Clerk, probably Iron Mr. Chandler, who had grown to be Mr. Bell's watui friend, tjumedjajely offered hm the position vt Assistant Secretary. Ills nomination was coiulrmod without delay or debate. Ills record as Assistant Secretary is without bletuUb. He pursues tils course with no -unwavering adherence to duty. He Is a practical economist, and It Is said that under ttlf administration lio has been Instrumental in saving the Government at tho rate of ,10,0CO per aunumln the matter of stationary alone. Ills legal Jknowkdgo comes into good play In deciding the many knotty law cases which arise from land grants and tension ad patent claims, Tho Washington 4au Etportir con tains soaue very aide opinions from Mr. Bcjl on these subjects. For ao high an officer Mr, pell Is easily ap 'uvarhed, Is free from "official airs," and shows partiality to nobody. la the Cetitesntai year ot 18T6 Mr. Bell was depu tize by President drajit to be the bearer of the JWoiaratlon of Independence to Philadelphia. Ho carried the orlglual document there and made a public address lu the old Liberty Hall, and waa after ward requested by the city authorities to repeat the same elsewhere, which he did. In the same year be delivered the decoratlou address at the soldiers' graves In I'hllidelphla, aud lu 1877 and 1178 be de itte VOLUME XV. livered similar addresses at the soldiers' graves here and at Ball's lllnft respectively. Assistant Secretary Dell, considering his strength ot character, Is ot a very congenial temperament. He Is married. Ills wife was a Miss T.emmnnt has four children three boys nnd one girl. Ills modest home on M street denotes case, comfort, and happiness In every respect, and, lint naturally, his time away from offlco Is employed between the charm of his domestic circle and hit library. Personally Mr. Hell Is hand some, has penetrating brown eyes, dark hair and beard, Is well proportioned, and weighs about 150 pounds. IV.-MAJOR QEOROK M. I.OCKWOOD. The Lockworxlslii America comprise somt too families all tracing back to tw o brothers, who came from Kngland, (where In York the parent ramlly lived and live to this day, ) and settled In Tthode Isl and, soon after the landing of the t'llgrlma from the Mayflower. One of these brothers, Itobert I.ockwood, an ensign In the Itoyal Army, waaMoJ. Lockwood's progenitor. About ft year ago a meeting was held at the Astor House, In New York,at which a I.ock wood Association1 was organised. MaJ.fleorge M, I.ockwood, who Is still on the sunny side of forty, was born In the county ot Livingston, State ot New York, and during all of the years of his manhood has served his country, first as a soJJler and since In n civil capacity, and always' with the highest honor. When the war of the rebellion broke out he waa a student at school. He, enlisted In May, 1861, as a private soldier In a company formod by the students of the academy which ho w as attending at Nunda, N, V. This company formed the nucleus of the Thirty-third New York Volunteer Infantry, which reached Washington on the evening of the day after the first battle of Hull Run. Tho regiment at once went Into active servlco In the Army of the l'o tjmac and made a brilliant record. In the fall of 1811 Majl Lockwood was detailed to duty with the Signal Corps, where he remained during tho rest of his sorvlce, and where his services were recognised and rewarded as they deserved. After the war he entered the Engineer's Office In tho War Department, whore he served several) ears, III he took the Held with the Wheeler Expedition, as notod elsewhere. When Secretary Schurs took charge ot the Interior Department one of his first official acts was to appoint a board, consisting of Messrs. Joseph K.McCainmon, now Assistant Attorney General for the; Department of the Interior, but then employed as an attorney In the Department of Justice; Ma J. I.ockwood, then, as now, chief clerk of the Interior Department, and MaJ. Bradley, of the Army, to make a thorough Investigation and report upon the affairs ot the Indian Unreal!. This work was done elaborately, wisely, and well, aud the result Is that during the past four Jears tho Indian service has been managed with more vigor aud success than over before, while none of the scandals which once made that service a by-word by the monotony of their frequent repetition have occurred , Secretary Schurs Is always prompt and glad to acknowledge that his success In handling the difficult questions so con stantly arising In the Indian service Is largely at tributable to the aid given him by tills commission In their Investigation, which was not onlv searching and fearless, but was directed '.Willi Intelligence and rare discretion, But MaJ. Lockwood's career of usefulness neither begun nor ended here. For somo four years ho was con nected with the Wheeler Snrveylng Expedition, In a capacity where his education andexecutlve ability made htm conspicuously useful. Subsequently he held the (position of chief clerk of the Vatent Office, whence he waa promoted to bis present office. Few persons are aware of the vast amount ot business which paves through the offlco of the chief clerk of ono of tho De partments, aud especially that of the Interior Depart ments A moment's reflection will show, however, that as the Department comprises as bureuux the General Land Office, the Pension Office, the Patent Office, the IndtanOrnce,theCeususOfflce, the Office of the Auditor of Itallroad Accounts, 4he Bureau of Education", and tho works pertaining to the ethnological and geologi cal researches promoted by the Uovoriiinent, has charge of tho various national hospitals and benevo lent Institutions in the District of Columbia, and Is the Department through which tho Government Printing Office transacts all such business as Is not by law confided to Its own Independent management, and some Idea may be gathered of the duties of the chief cleVk, who, aa the executive officer of the De partment, must bavo the knowledge of details that will enable him to keep the huge machine con stantly In motion and preserve order and maintain discipline, After the Secretary himself the chief clerk Is doubtless the busiest and most variously engaged official lu the Department. That MaJ. Lockwood'a duties are performed with exceptionable ability Is evidenced by the despatch and harmony with which everything Is done, probably excelling the record of any previous time. Upon taking bis office the first duty (after the work of the commis sion heretofore noted) tie took actively In hand was the systematizing and harmonizing of the methods of keeping the records and transacting the routine business of the Department. Intbetaceof the stubborn obstacles whlcjt years of usage bad Inter posed, the undertaking was successfully carried out, and the system of the Department, simplified and brought under (be operation of clearly-defined rules, Is one which might well ssrvs as a model and endure for all time. MaJ. I.ockwood Is stalwart but sj mmetrlcal In build, with the bcoad shoulders, fine head, and sturdy figure which would seem to lie a prerequisite when thedutles of his office aro considered. Allover hlmand In his every movement and Intonation of bis voice Is notably conspicuous his peculiar characteristic that of the highest order of executlvo ability, in manner ami address he Is pleasant, but buslness-itke In business hours. With a cultured mind and educated tastes, and fairly entitled to be styled a Ion vlmnt, he never neglects hlsworknorpermltsntherstodo so. Prompt, accurate, honest, and zealous himself, with a hearty detestation of shams, he Is slow to find excuse for failure in others, while his kindly nature Is never un successfully appealed to when the circumstances of the case Justify the exercise of a wise charity. .As a friend he Is staunch and true to a fault. lie Is pos sessed of youth, health, a generous nature, and a wide experience In aualrs,( and has undoubtedly a future ot usefulness and honor before him BUREAU QOSSIP. Bsf-Fostmaater General Key and family have gone to Cuba for the winter. Mrs. Nellie Shepherd, of the Patent Office, last week had her pay Increased from (720 to t00 per year. , Mr. H. L. Gosling, of the Publio Money Division, has been confined to his home for several daya with malarial fever, Mr. Lafayette FlUhugh, assistant superin tendent of the House document-room, has gone to New York to spend the holidays. It is understood that Mr. Albert M, Reed wilt bo promoted to the position of principal clerk In theoltceof the I.tfe-Savlng Service, vice F. A. W. Converse, deceased, Mr. Richard Porter, eon of Admiral Porter, will shortly resign his present position In the Navy Department and go Into the banking business with a Dromlneut New York firm. The clerical force of ihe Second Assistant Postmaster General's Office are now so busy that they cannot afford'to take advantage of the bait holiday granted during cnristmas wees. Mr. William M. Tageart. of the First Comptroller's Office, Treasury Department, lias re signed lo accept of a ti,500 position lu the City Comptroller's Office ja Philadelphia. First Lieut O. F. Shoemaker, U. S, R. M Assistant Inspector Life Saving Service, has goue to Annapolis to spend Christmas with his son, a Eroinltlng young midshipman who stands No, I In Is class, Mr. James Maynard, of the Post Office De partment, son of the Postmaster (leneral, Is msklng, by his uniform courtesy, many friends, aud undoubt edly possesses the ability to lusure for himself a very successful future. Comptroller of Currency Knox last week recommended for promotion the following clerks In Ills office i O. J, Stoddard, from second to third class) A, M. Wheeler, from first to second class, and It, Iltoy Livingston, from messenger to first (lass, The following Is a copy of a letter ad dressed (o Assistant Postmaster Ueueral Tyiicrlast Thursday! "Vies publish my lllstreck Stewards meeting to oe tieuu ut jiyusus, January me 1 and X. Brethren will pies to meet jous. Anderson King, s . .- The following promotions were made ju the grade of secern) and tblrd.tUss clerks In the In ternal Revenue Bureau last week i M. M. Holland and William J, Morris, from second to third class) J, I Crosby, a one-armed soldier, and J. M. Kdgar, from first o second-class. ' It is not generally believed that Depart ment, clerks are overworked, and It may bo Into that nj great number of them sutler In health from the severity of their labors, bnt there is no doubt that tho death of the late Eroll Arctander was due to over work. He was acting chief of the Mouey Order Di vision, P. 0. D., In the absence of bis two Imme diate superiors, and had to be at the oluce at his desk iron, I to t, and tUco returning after dluuer to work latolnto the night, This Intense effort undoubtedly brought ou Ue Inflammation of the brajn that cost him his life. n The work ou tho four per ceut. checks was completed Wednesday In, ample time for the holders of bonds to receive the checks for their quar terly Interest due January, HSI, before Christmas. Tus'amouat of the bonds held by foreigners Is 7,0(Mi, the Interest belug 170,419.60 quarterly; national banka own slock to the amount of (182, 3t,loo. and evtry tbrje months -recelvo as Interest S1.82j,siU owuersot bonds residing lu the Uultvd tatet and known as ' ' Domtstlcs i ere put down (or 1391,082,050 as principal, while (1, Dto, r,:o,r,ois mallei by cherk to Individuals and Arms four limes a year, the total being SJ32, 434, 500, and Interest 5,32I,S. Surely this It a prosperous nation. Messrs. Frank Hyde and William Nicho las, ot the Post Once Department, left last Friday to spend the holidays In Boston and vicinity. Mr. Wm. J. I.ovell, Snporlntcn.il of tho Railway Mall Service at Cleveland, Ohio, visited the Post Office Department last week ou official business. Col. T, A, Seeler, principal cxnminer of patents, was presented Willi n handsome basket of flowers last Irldaybytho clerks of room IS, I'atent Office. Mr. 1I.W. Atuliews, of the Indian Uttreau, Is In chargeot the Sioux Indians now lu this city, having been detailed for that duty b) Secretary Schurs. Mr. J. II. Mar r,, the reneraMe chief cleric of the First Assistant Postmaster fleneral's Office, Was confined to his home several daya last week by sickness. The many friends of Mr. T. W. Crldler, of the State Department, will regret to hear of the seri ous Illness of his mother, who was stricken with paralysis last Thursday. Quito a number of promotions will be an nounced for the new year In tho Consus Office, In cluding both ladles and gentlemen, but It Is not yet known who all the fortunate ones are. IS. L. Townsend, of the Warrant Division, Treasury Department, la spending tho holidays In Philadelphia, whero It Is rumored ho lias been offered an Important position under tho city government. John Lynch, pitcher of the National Club, Is filling a position in tho Treasury Department, and apjiears to as great an advantage as when engaged In curving the ball around tho batter's neck last season. Hon. A. A. Freeman, Assistant Attorney (leneral for the Post Office Department, returned to his duties last Friday somewhat Improved In hetllh. He wlllleavolua few days for his homo In Tennessee. Mrs. Mary Delia Knox was last week ap pointed to a position In the Patent Office, to All Ihe cancy caused by the resignation ot Miss Worthing, who lias since married and gone to live at Fort Hen ton, M. T. Mr. JaniP4 K. Ferguson, of tlio office of the Secretary of tho Interior, has made quite an envlvble reputation as a humorous writer. Ills contributions to publications of the 'tic1 class, comprising rar toous, poetiy, and prose, have been veiy successful. MnJ.A. II. O. Richardson and Mr. W. 11. Cudllp, of the Second Assistant Postmaster (leneial's Office, wore the recipients of a ntce Christmas present Filday morning; the former being promoted to a second-class, and the latter to a flrsi-class clerkship. The elaborate catalogue projected by Miss Annan. Irish, while librarian ot tho Interior De partment, will bo completed In accordance with hor filans and under her aupervtslon, although she has eft the department and accepted ft position In the Woostor llnlvorslty, at Wooster, Ohio. Mr. William E. Nott, of the Secretary's office, has been appointed librarian of the Depart mentof the Interior. Mr. Nott Is a gentleman ot wide attainments as a scholar, has a thorough knowl edge of contemporaneous literature, and ono of the most remarkable political statisticians In the country. It in understood that Mr. Parker W. Page, third assistant examiner of patents, wilt resign at an early day to accept a flattering business offer In New York city. Mr. Page Is a young gentleman of merit, who has won bis position without the aid of iolltlcal Influence and has made a reputation of which ho may neu icei proiui. Mr. A.M. Read, of the Life Saving Divi sou, Treasury Department, has been designated to All the position of principal clerk, "vice F. A. W. Converse, deceased. This Is a Civil Service promo tion, ahd General Superintendent Kimball has Bhnwn his anpreclstlon uf merit lu an officer by selecting Mi. head for the vacancy. Friday noon, at the closing of the Census Office, headquarters Thirteenth and G streets, where den. Walker's offlco is locatod. the clerks were somo- wlut surprised to see a barrel ot splendid oysters rolled In, with an Invitation from the genial suiier Intcudent for all hands to pitch In, which was done with a will. The General was voted a trump on the iiaii-siieu. Capt. N. F. Wenckebach, uf the Revenue Marine Division, Treasury Department, met Willi a painful accident last Tuesday by tllpplug and falling on the sidewalk opposite the Rlggs House, which re sulted In scraping his leg and spraining his ankle. He was takeu to bis residence in a carriage, w here he received medical attention and Is now rapidly Im proving. MaJ. Bushuxl llirch, the efficient and highly esteemed disbursing clerk of the Secretary's office, Treasury Department, who was compelled to leave the city some months since by reason of 111 health, has returned, and will resume his duties on the 1st proximo. Treasurer Ollflllan, who was desig nated to make the disbursements during MaJ. Uln h's absence, will then lie relieved of this duty anil have his accounts as disbursing agent settled. A Wisconsin man, Horace L. Stiles, em ployed as a clerk In the Treasury Department, has been discharged for a curious reason, and the entire Wisconsin delegation are trying to have him leln stated, but without Success. At the recent election he asked and obtalued leave to go home nud vote. He could Illy be spared; but aa It is not the policy ot the department to disfranchise Its employes, he was allowed to go. At the end ot ten daya be returned. It Is Just learned that he did not leavo the city nt all, but remained ami had a good time. He was promptly discbargee), and will have an Indefinite leavo of ab sence In Wisconsin or elsewhere. Uatttmort Run, December SO, Col. Doun 1'iatt tersely aud truly puts the clvll-servlce case as follows: "There are two evils rotting our civil service, and uo third. Ono Is that tlio offices are held by a notorious faction as the leward for political services not to party, but to the men who on such rewards build up and strengthen their following. This Is done precisely as the captain of the Forty Thieves distributed his plunder among his followers. 'I he second evil Is the tenure of office that makes the tint evil practicable, In the fact that the official holdshls place at the will or whim of his su perior. Clvll-servlce reform, then, calls for a Axed tenure, running through a certalu number of jears, ur tur mg dim guuu uciutviur, nun u law irimiuiiiUK expulsion save on written charges sustained by ptoof of misconduct," This is all true. Clvll-servic re form will never be brought about by competitive ex aminations, of which we shall bavo something to say on ft future occasion. The service will be reformed when capable performance of duty Insures the civ 11 servant his place, whether ho has "Influence" or not. PERSONS AND THINGS. MaJ. J. Henry Sleeper is the author of the article ou Fits John l'orter In Jlarper't UVelfj. Dr, Clarke Patterson, formerly of this city, hut now a New Yorker, will spend the linlldavg with Ills parents. A- marriage is to take place between Lord Wentworth,Ilyron's graudsou, and a daughter of Mr, James Stewart Wortley. Lord Wentwortu Is a wid ower. He was engaged about two years ago to a young American lady, Miss Dudu ' Fletcher, who wrote '! Kismet," and was thought to have lilted heF LnrdColllngford, the fourth husband. ami widower of Lady Waldegrave, has Just erected a monument to her, the last words of the Inscription on width run, "For where your treasure is, there must Joir heart be also)" and, as the lady left her last lUsbaud an Income of a hundred thousand a ) ear, the wlta arebusy with the epitaph. At a ball at SchwarzenLerg, Saxony, a young mail appeared, having what appeared to be a cigar lu his iiioulh. He went to the chandelier as If to light It, and a terrible explosion msued, The lights were extinguished, the walls partly gave nay, some of the dancers wero covered with blood, aud the young man waa uiowu to pieces. Ho had killed liliaiiuiif lit inaumnf u ilvniiiiillj narliMna UlNieVII If J IHV"HS V M J MBtv asssissstSjVt Mr. Seebohra, a recent traveler iu Siberia, aaya that birds go to the Arctic region to bioed, not by thousands, tut by millions." And he tells us that the tause of this migration Is the seurih after food, which Is tbero provided for them Willi livlsb prodigality. "Seed or fruit-eating birds tluilau Im mediate aud abundant supply of rrwberrle, crow berilei, aud other ground fruit, which have remained frozen during the long winter, aud are accessible the moment the snow has melted, while Insect-eating bird have only to vpeu their mouths lo fill them with mosquitoes," ' A Prudent Yaukee CotiBlublc. Mr. Elijah Hitchcock was a Connecticut constable w hose character waa under scrutiny. Dea con bulomon Rising was Inquired of almut hlui, Deacon Solomon Rising, ' said the Questioner, 'da )ou think Mr. lUtckcoi.kladuiiouestuiati" (Very promptly) "Oh. no, slrluotbyanyiueaus, " 'Well, do you thluk he Is a mean man !"' Well, with regard to that. " said the Deacon, a little mora deliberately, "I may say that I don't really think he Is a mean man) I've sometimes thought he waswhat you might calla keerfuluiau a pruJtiit man." 1 What do you mean by a prudent man f " "Well, I mean tblsi that one time he had an execution for (I agalust old v,ldow Witter, back here, aud we went up to her houso and levied ou a flock of ducks. He chased them ducks, one at a time, rouud the bouse pooty much all day, and every lime be catched a duck he'd set right dowu and wring his neck and charge mileage: an' his mlloairo 'mounted to more than the debt. Notbln' mcan(ut It, as I know of, but I always thought after IV nt Mr. Hitch cock km a very prudent man. " m e Trees lu tlto West. Probabjyflfty years hence there will be abundance of trees In the West. Agriculturists are rapidly awaking to the uocesslty ot planting them. The Fort Scott and (J ulf Railroad Company hat beguu the planting of buudreds of acres of trees ou Its laud. A Iioston capitalist has engaged a company of raisers ot forest seedlings la Illinois to break and plough a large area lu Kansas, and plant no less than 2, 720 frees to the acre, and cultivate these until they shade tne ground, At the end of that time say ten years the plantations will bo delivered over to tbe owner. No trees less than six feet high are to be couuted, Tht Fort Scott railroad has adopted this plan, one advan tage ot which Is that the tree enterprise will be attend ed to by eiwrlenced men, whose Interest It v. Ill be to make as much of a success ot It as possible. Do. not trille with the affections of a young girl) it Is worse than trifling with a bad cold, for this can be cured by Dr, Hull's Cough Syrup, Stwtte WASHINGTON, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 20, SOOTETY OITAT. The marriage of Mr. Walter Stanley Rich mond.of New York, to MIssMary FrancesMcAllllter, daughter ot Oen. Richard McAllister, took place on Thursday evening In the Fplphany Church, The body ot the church waa extensively festooned and decorated In honor ot the event. The chancel rail was covered with evergreen and holly, while the tablets were supported by miniature columns ot pine, around which gracefully crept Ivy. The Christmas decorations of tho church weie all Antshod and added to tne effect. The pulpit was completely hidden by Ivy. evergreen, nnd holly, as also was Ihe reading dek. The bridal party entered the -church In the roiioning onler t The ushers, Messrs, Norman llator, Miller, Derr ncton. of New Yorkt Ilarrv Coffee, Welter Armstrong, Daniel W. 7antttnger, Hart Markall, W. F. Qulcksall, I.lcut. McCartney, and Paymaster Ker, of the Navy, Then came the bride on the arm or her father. When the procession reached the chancel, tho gronm, who bail come In from the vestry, advanced, aud, taking his bride by the hand, led her to the altat rail, the ushers sepa rating and going to the right andleft. Hev.Dr.Paret then read the marriage ceremony, alter which the bride and groom led the way out or the church, fol lowed by the ushers. The bride had selected hsr mend, Mr. Zantzlnger, to preside at the organ on this occasion, but owing to a particular rule In the church, only the regular organist can preside. Ths 5 nests regret having missed Mr. Z.'a line reu nions, a reception to the relatives and Intimate mends followed at the residence ot Oen. McAllister, nn Connecticut avenue, near Dnpont Circle, after which Mr. and Mrs. Itlchinntid left on the evening train for an extended tour of the North, which win Inclmlo Nlsgara Falls. The presents received were very numerous and costly. 1 he residence of tbe young people will bo In New York city In the future. Senator Hill, of Colorado, who Is ono of theyoiingestinenoftheSenste, Is, like Don Cameron, ono of the wealthiest and most Influential also.llo Is the proprietor ot the llnston and Colorado Smelting Works, which, from the modest beginning at Rlack Hawk, have under his iersonil management grown lo be the Itrgest smCltlng and refining establish ment In tho world where gold and silver ores are treated by every known process. Including eveu the secret method practised nt Swansea, England where rertilli refracting ores hid formerly lobe shipped for reduction. lhe vorks,wlth tho cottages offices etc., nccup) many acres, constituting the town of Argo, 1 miles from Denver, and connected with It by telegraph a id telephone. '1 he capwlty of the ssnrka is hundreds of tons dally, the value ot the aniiuvl net put tunning far Into the mil lions. Iho Senator has Just completed the finest residence In Denver, which thoe who have ptiJoved tlio genuine hospitality of him self and his clivrinlng wife state Is furnished lu magnificent style, being so filled with s choice bric-a-brac, Inmdsome tiling and works of art that It re sembles a series of decoration art rooms rattier than the residence of a business man and a scientist, eace room being unique nnd different In design, the whole being the work of tho best Chicago architects. Thd President and Mrs. llajes Intended to have vlslteh Seuitor and Mrs. Hill on tbelrrecent ttatis-contlucn-tlaltour, but were compelled to forego their trip to Denver on account of tho President's haste to reach his honiont Fremont, Ohio, In time to vote The Apollo Glee Club and their friends met on Thursday evening at the housoof Dr. Kim ball, their musical director, to welcome Mr. Frank Pearson on his return to this city, and, while awaiting his arrival, were favored with songs by Miss Appollne Alexandor, Mrs. Kimball, Messrs. Kaiser, Small, Forsmau, Fagau, and others, who repeated several of their favorite selections. A collation followed, at the conclusion ot which Mr. Chllds, In a poetical address, which. If not remarkable for Its poetry, waa certainly for liuninr, presented the Doctor with a handsome gold chain, on the part of the club, as a token of their appreciation of bis efforts In bringing the club tolls present Btateof musical protlclenc). Mrs. Kimball waa also the recipient of a timepiece, showing that tbe club was not unmindful of her kindness lu her reception or tbe members every week at her home. Notwlth staudlngthsta telegram was received from Mr. F. Penrsou at Cumlierlaiid, Md., stating that ho was on his way, the snow storm must have delayed the train, and, to the great regret of nil present, he failed to con nect, and they wero forced lo depart without having , and shaken the hand of their genial bassu pro fundo. Our Tort Sander3 correspondent writes: "The wedding of Flist Lieut, (leorge O. Webster, Fourth Infantrj, and Miss Mary I.ano, diughlerof Col. Lane, post trader, and sister of Mrs. Lieut. Sibley, Second Cavalry, was duly solemnized at this wst Wednesday, 15th Instant, by Rev. .1. Y. Cowlick, of Chevenne. Shortlv after the ceremony the bridal couple went lo the Union Pacific railroad station and embarked ou the Pacific express for the Kast. 1 he band fi oin the headquarter of the Fourth Infantry heieplaveda wedding march and other appropriate selections nt the station. Oen. A. (1. Irackett, colonel Third Cavalry, aud oilier officers from Fort Itnssell and Cheyenne attended the wedding. The newly mirrled couple Is en route to Meadvlllo, Pa., where tbo groom is on duty at Allegheny College. Although still In his thirties, this Is the third or fourth wife of Lieut. Webster, and If It continues be bids fair to become the ' Ulue Heard, ' so to speak, of the Army." The marriage of Mr. Frank J. llonnell, of the lloston JltralJ, and Miss Finma S. lluttou took place at tho Fplphany Church on Thursday evening, December 23, at 7:30 o'clock. The floral decorations wet e the same as at the Richmond-McAllister wed ding, w lilcli preceded this affair the same evening. Thoro wero no ushors nor bridesmaids, tbe bride aud groom simply enteilug the church together, and ad vancing to the chancel tall were met by Rev. Dr. Paret, who performed the ceremony. The bride's dress was ot white satin with lace trimmings. Mr. aud Mrs. llonnell left Immediately for lloston. The marriage of Mr. Charles Kearney, ot the State Department, to Miss Mary A. Hamil ton, took place on Thursday evening In St. Mat thew's Church. Tho church was filled by the mauy friends of tho voiitbful couple. The beautl ful altar was well lighted up anil radiant wtth flowers. Rev. Father lloyle performed the cere mony, after which a short reception was held at the residence of the groom's mother, nn Thirteenth street, after which the 3 oung couple took jiossesslon of their new house on r street. The Unity Club met on Thursday, even lug at tho residence of Colonel Chase, on Eleventh street. Mr. Jerome C. Rurnett read an exieedlugly Interesting paper on "lllrds In History," going back to oldeu times when the Romans and Athenians looked upon tbo actions of certalu meinliers of the feathery tribe as either good or bad oineus. Mrs. Ilenedlct and Mr. Taylor gave Instrumental and vocal exercises, and Messrs. .1. L.MrCreery, Babbitt, Miss Lhasa and Dr. Murphy contributed to the literary CAUiumea. The Bachelors' German Club has reor ganized with the following committed Mr. W, Wirt Wilson, presldentf Mr' Beaton Monroo, secretary) Lieut. Walter H. Wyatt, of the Army, treasurer; Messrs. Jesse llrowu. Victor W. A. Drummmwl. Rev- ellou A. llrown, F. W. Poor, Ueorgo A. Morris, and Dr. Alex. F.Magruder.of the Navy, Four Germans will be given, upon Wednesday evenings, Januaty 6 and 10 and February 2 and 10. Tho ladies and gentlemen of musical talent of Georgetow u have oiganlzed a I'hllannoiilc Society, aud have as prominent meinliers Mr. aud Mrs, Harry Dodge, Miss Dougal, the Misses Farle, Miss Minnie Nicholson, Miss Emily Vincent, and others. They will hav e as musical director Mr. Harry Kohr. tit is now conceded that the only legitimate way for a debutaute to be launched in society is to present her at a grand ball, or at that compromise, afternoou "tea," People who can't afford the former consldera tea" ot u "luceptlon" as sufficient. Miss Therese Blackburn, daughter of Hon. J. C. S. UUckbiirn, of Kentucky, la expected here soou after tbe holidays, to remain until the final ad journment of Congress with her father and biother, at No, 1117 New Yoik avenue northwest. The marriage of Mr, Loon Fontix, a re nted captain and officer of the Legion of Honor of France, to Madame Loonlde Lanuer, occurred last Wednesday, Deceuilr22, at St, Matthew's Cburi.li, the Rev, Father lloylo umclallng. Lieut, Cairoll Mercer, of the Marine Corps, foiineily connected with this Journal, Is payluga short visit during the liolMajs to his relatives and f i lends In this city. Lieut, Mercer Is al present stationed at lloston Navy ard, Tlio tnarragu of Mr, rjauiuel I Downs, proinluenily connected w lh Ihe Ilaltlmoie aod Poto mac railroad, and -Miss Alma M. Losatui, of South Waablngloii, will take place next Wednesday eveu lug. The vteddliig of Dr, Doisey M, Moi'herann, lateutlliig assistant surgeon of the Army, end Miss Ida M. DeLand will take place at the K-street liaptlit Church ou Woduesday evening uext, at7tuoo'tlotk, The Misses Harrison, daughters of Mr. George II, Harrison, of Deer Park, W. Va., are sHJUillng the season lu Ibis illy, Mr. Harrlaou Is the Suirelary of Senator II, u, Davis, of West Virginia. The engagement of Mr, Otto Iteluecke. of me vv asuiiiguui xriouue, (iienuan, tottiss Mreists aunouiii ed. 'Ihopianlage Hlltlaka place ou the lulls of January. ' MUs Jennfe Willis, .daughter of the well known artist, of tiruokliu, who has been visiting Mrs. P. V. DeUrau, of Capitol mil, leturncd home last week. Mrs. Uryaut, of lloston, Mars., Is visiting berslslcr.Jlrs.il. W. (lane, al lo:a Seventeenth street. Mrs, llryaut will remain during tbo boll- uays. MUs Minute Dickinson, who has been vis iting Miss Lilian Fltzuiigh, In this city, returned to her home, lu Pokomoke, Md,, last Friday, The engagement of Mr. Charles E. flalt, of the firm Qf Oalt & llrother, to Miss Rich, sister of Mrs. illagdou, is announced, Mrs, J. II. Biiuler, having returned from an extended visit to New York, will bo at homo ou New Year's day. Miss I'cttit, of St. Louis, will pass the winter with her sister, Mrs. Maurice Mublmaun, ou Capitol Hill. The first Oermau of the Georgetown Club will bo given at the Seminary Building on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Bibb. Hoc Miss Julia Huuson, Is at present lu the city ou a visit to her parents. Miss Clara Young, of Tuckahoe, N. J., Is .....ft I,U.,WBVU,U UM.UIliyiVU, Kx.Postuuster General Kev aud family nave goue to Cuba for the winter, On Monday evening last Dr. and nfrs. C. M. llammett, at their residence in South Washing ton, assisted by Misses Blanche and Delia Hammett, their daughters, entertained quite a company In honor of their guest, Mlsst'lowden, ot Sti Mary's county, Md., and Miss Orr, ot Petersburg, Va. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Oeotge 11, Clark, Mrs, Dond, ot Clnclnnatli Misses Flva Veatman, Katie ltlley, Fannie Blake, Annie Barnltr, Fills Ward, Annlo and Sydney Harvey, Ada McDermott, Matle Bell, Col. W, F. Thompson, Col. lent, Drs. Oonlng, lluillong, Bnaman, Whit llammett, ami Messrs. J, II. Mankln, J. 11, Mankln, Jr., F. J. Nottingham, II. Moses Smith, Frank (1 suite, Fu gene Hiinlluer, Author eslman, and IrM. o. (Joule. Ihe company enjoyed a delightful evening between dancing and listening lo Ihe delightful In strumental nnd vocal music by Messrs. Yestmsn and Harvey. Miss Nellie Plowden left for her home In Leonardtown, Md., Friday, much to the regret Of the many mends she had made during her visit, Mrs. George S. Bright, of this city, re ceived on Friday a message asking her to come to New ork on account of tbe sudden and alarming Illness of Mr. John Russell Yonng. Mrs. Bright was not able to go at once, but Intended to leave early tn the week. Later telegrams, however, have asunnl Mr. Young's rslatlvealiere that his Illness hsd Been exaggerated by the fears of his wife, and that he was not In danger. Capt. C. S. Roberts and Lieut. John Q. BOurke, aides-de-camp to Oen, Crook, dined at the White House on Friday evening and left the asms evening with (len, Croek en route to Indian Terri tory. Oen. Crook Is president of the commission ap pointed by tbe President to Investigate ths grievances of the Ponca Indians, and his aides ars the secre taries. Miss Katie Lay, one of the prettiest blondes of Michigan avenue, Chicago, belonging to one of the oldest and most prominent families of that city, aud well known In Army circles there. Is here from New York city for the holidays anil Is -visiting Miss Blos som Drum, the rharmtng daughter of tlio Adjutant General of the Army. The wedding of First Lieut. S. N. Holmes, of Ihe Thirteenth Infantry, and Miss Kate, daughter of C. K. Hitchcock, and granddaughter of the late David Hamilton, uf Albany, took place last Wednes day arternoou at Msple Terrace, Troy road, near Albany. Qorernnr-elect Porter, of 'ndlana, will be married In New York January S to Miss Stone, an estimable lady who has visited Washington more than once, andlwen tlse guest of Register Scodeld's ramlly. She has a summer residence at Chautauqua Lake. Mrs. Martin, wire of Col. J. P. Martin, of tlia Adjutant (leneral'a Office, will hare as her guest this winter her sister, Mrs. Cranston, who has Just returned from a visit to her other sister, Mrs. Hay wood, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco. The wife of ex-Governor J. C. Brown, of Tennessee, Isat Wlllard's with her two daughters, Misses Minnie and Ulrdle. The former, who Is the elder, Is being educated at the Georgetown Convent or the Visitation, and It out on tier holiday vacation. Mr. aud Mrs. George Butterfield, nee Miss Jeaniielte E, Western, whowero married on Thursday last by the Rev. Dr. Sunderland, have returned to theclty, and will be pleased to see their frlendsat 009 New Vurk avenue. At the Mexican Legation instructions have beeu received to put the two bousos lu readiness for the return ot Mr. Zamacona and family, who are confidently expected here before January 1. Ex-Secretary aud Mrs. Delano are visiting their aon-lti-lAw and daughter, Rev. aud Mrs. John U. Ames, on Thirteenth street, wtth whom they will spend the liolldays. Miss Allen, 'of Newton, Mass., will make tier home In Washington this winter, and pursue the Interesting kindergarten s)stem of training "off shoots. ' ' Miss Gertrude Turuer, the accomplished daughter of Dr. Turnor, of tha Navy, arrived tn town ou Tuesday, aud will remain during the holi days. Mist Phillips, who is remembered by so many Washington fileuds, will pass this winter In Washington, the guest of her aunt. Mrs. S. II.KaufT-tuau. Mils l'.vie Lamer arrived in the city last Thursday from Waverley Seminary, to spend the hol idays with her sister at No. SIS I street northwest. Justice aud Mrs. Bradloy hold a card re ception on Wodnesday, the 29th Instant, at their resi dence on I street. Mrs. Charlet Stuart will bavo open house on New Year's day, at her residence, "15 Twelfth atreet. Miss Hunt, assisted by Miss Gross, will re ceive at 2UI Thirteenth street Miuthwest New Year's day. The Musettes will hold a reception nn the cveuingui mo zmu at aiasomc xempio. Miss Augusta Sutherland is spending the noiiuays witu ineuos at Anuapous. Mr. K. F. Rlggs was presented with a sou last week. AMUSEMENTS. " TheGuv'nor," the farcical comedy which was the success of tbe sesson at Wallack's Theatre, New York, where It bad a run for over three months, will be produced on Monday evening, December 27, at Ford's Opera House, tbe manager of which has purchased tbe sole right to perform it lu all tbe South Atlantic cities. Mr. Barton Hill, the brilliant light comedian, will appear III a character which Is Irre sistibly funny, and the play wtil be given with bril liant success throughout. The following from the New York Herald Is an evidence of Its popularity! "The success or The Guvnor at Wallack's Is oue of the extraordinary features of Ihe present dramatic season, whether It rains or shines, the house Is always filled lo overflowing, snd ths streets tn the neigh borhood after a performance resound with Hie now popular phrase, 'Yer'and, Guv'uor; yer and."' A great bill ia offered at the Theatre Oomlque for tbe coining week. Tbe new faces ars generally of new artists to this city, who are highly spoken ot by tbe press wherever they have ap peared. Miss Addis Rogers appears for the first time lu Washington In tier great sensational drama en titled, "That Boy or Dan's," said to be one of the best dramatic productions of Its kind that Is now on the boards. 'I he specialty artists are Harry McAvoy and MIssFuima Rogers, who have made a decided hit wherever they have appeared: J. F. Sherry, the change artist and banjolst; Messrs, Leonard and Joues, who aro without exception tho finest daucera that have ever appeared iu this city: Howard and Sandford, the lively Dutch team Alf. McDowell, the favorite comedian, aud others. Jake ttudd appeara this week lu his great sketch eulltled, "Amateur Theatricals, " full of genuine fun and humor, There will be an extra matinee New Year's day. The Kate Thayer Concert Company, which appears at Lincoln Hall this week, glve.luaddltlou to the usual concert programme, an attractively varied entcrtaluuient, Miss Thayer's former success In this city will be no well remembered that nothing need be added to Ihe mentlou of the fact that she Is an old friend, Mr, Carlo Curtl's xylophone playing Is the best exhibition of skill on that Instrument yet offered the ubllo. Mr. Will K, Chapman'a costume recitals have been given a thousand limes, and bis vagabonds has been received Willi great applause lu this country aud In England. One of the best features of these concerts Is the popular character of the music given by tlie famous Spanish Students, lioth solo and con certed, they havlus; been recolviug four enrurea nightly. There will be an entire ibange uf pro gramme at eacb coucert. Professor J. M. Colville will glvo one of bis woudeiful reaurea at the National 'Ihsalre to night. An exchange speaking of this geutleiusu'a feats sayai "The performance Included reading the coulents of sealed letters, reading from a huok held by one of Ihe audience, luagiiellring acaue, maklug tablea aud plauos perambulate the stags without any apparent material assistance, playing upou various lustrumeuts while buund baud and foot lu a cabinet, aud lu fact uearly all tbe feats usually performed by spiritualists aud luaglclaus aud a great many new onea. Considerable merriment waa caused among the audience by several ludli runs eiprraklous and otters made by several persous present who had but Utile faith lu Ihe Professor's ability," Miss Nellie Calhoun, who Is connected With two of the most Illustrious families of the South, Is now in route lu make her appearaucs lu the Kast as a Shakespearian ailtess, kilts Cslhouu appeared durlug October In a nuuiUr of characters at the California Theatie, San Franc Iko, anJ achieved a phtuoiueual smress, In a recent letter Johu K. Owens, the distinguished comedian, praises the performances of this young artiste lu the highest terms, and predicts a glorious future for her on tbe stage. HerJuffiiln "Tbe Hunchback," fulfil and ilargnrel in 1'Lovet'i Sacrifice, " are aiueug her finest portraitures. Mr, George lloey'a new romautio drama, " A Child of the State, " adapted from Ihe French of D'Entiery, wh.ote "TwoOrphaus, " "DcnCusar de llaiau, t and " A Celebrated Case, have proved Id m ths most successful of recent Parisian dramatists, will be produced at Ford's Opera House January 9. The Philhartnonio Society will give; their first entertainment of this season at Congregational Church, February 1. " The Crusaders, " by Uade, and "St. EUzabeth," byl.tut, will beglten. with Miss Autolne lirune, soprano. Mr. Theo. J.Tocdt, tenor, and Mr, Frant itemmert, barltouo, s ' A Latlc TssBBltaurlvsBiT Memory. Dowu iu the old conservative city of Boston Mr. George t. Chlpman.oneof Ibewcll aud favorably known firm of Chlptuau Brothers, (dealers lu gentles tueu'e furnishing goods.) comer of Washington sua Court streets, made bis devout thauksglvmg wllb. cause, as he had Jokingly spent one dollar and b"";:.t oue bait of ticket No. a. lu the Nov ember Drawing ot the Louisiana State I ottery Company, for which be riH-euvu sroin ai. a. uaupuiu, nsw v sew Orleans, La., uiieea tuousand aonars ia gout. TB w M M 'f Wy V H H M H 1880. FASHION QOSSIP. India shawls never go out of fashion, The toreador la a new London bonnet. The Beauliarnals Is the latest large hat. Apricot and salmon tints are fashionable. Fanchon bonnets are becoming vulgarly popular. Vermicelli lace Is tha latest novelty In lace goods llanglesareworntoexcessby fashionable women. Furniture effects are sought for in recent costumes. White opera toilets are In ths majority In London. Japanese screen front dresses are of American origin. Fur-trimmed costumes begin to make an appearance. Iloulsondresses as well aa on wraps, grow In favor. F.veqne or bishop's purple Is the fashionable shade. 1. title curls In the nape of ihe neck are fashionable Little Fanchon bonnets are the rage ot the moment, Hoys' csps and little girls' bonnets ars made of plush,' Handkerchief suits ars very becoming to young girls. Plush crops nut on every article of the feminine toilet. Plush walking coats for children are effective and warm. Lace pins have completely superseded other kluds of brooches. A great deal cf shirring It observed on children's garments. The Urogan cap Is shaped very much like ft French pastry cook's. Dull red Is a popular shade for young girls' and chil dren's wool suits. Many foreign dresses havo plain, short skirts of plush or velvet. White lambskin cloth rivals plush for out-of-door wear for little folks. Large round capes appear on many of the Imported costumes for children, ' Deep yellow and corah pink China asters are the flower of the moment. Serpent bracelets Willi golden scales and ruby eyes are coming Into vogue. Driving gloves mads to almulatealeopard'sor tiger's clsw are late novelties. The latest hoods on dresses and wraps are rounded, not pointed, lu ths hick. The Drogancap takes precedence of tho Tam-o'-Stiauter and the Glengarry. Wadded and quilted satin slippers are worn for com fortable home neltgfc toilet. Mother Hubbard cloaks hare gathered fullness front and back, shirred In at the neck. The only flowors used for winter hats and bonnets ars made ot plush, velvet, and aatln. Jersey corsages and striped woolens for skirts are leading si) les tn skating costumes. Mother Hubbard bonnets aro shirred hats of goo,! largo size, tied down over the ears. India muslin gauze, with satin stripes In brocaded patterns, Is shown for evening dress. Chenille fringes with strands of gold or silver thread are much used for ball dress trimming. The harmonies or symphonies of color must tie well preserved tn Japanese screen front dresses. Six bangles on each arm are not considered too many by girls who adopt the extreme of that barbaric style. Fichus collarettes, Jabots ot large size, and simulated waistcoat fronts lu laceare almost derlgueur In full dross. Dark-green and seal-brown cloth suits, trimmed with bands of fur, takethe lead for elegant street cos tumes. Officer luffs, collars, and pockets, embroidered with gold bullion, adorn mauy handsome 'velvet Jackets. Guilt sautache Is revived ror trimming street suits and wraps, but It Is not In good taste save for carriage or bouse wear. Artificial Jardinieres and pot plants In handsome majolica pots are more used ttian real flowers for house decoratlou. A true lady Is as careful to nuke tier toilet with care and taste for retiring to bed as fur the morulng, after uoon, or evening. Tin or wooden pall hair receivers, covered with satin and banded with brass, have reticule tops drawn up with tasseled cords. Very wide musllu cravats trimmed with lace are worn around the neck again, with the large bow tied on one aide d Iti Bernhardt, The most wonderful embroidery, In the form of In sects birds stems and leaves In white silk Aess Is now put ou baby shawls and blankets. Tbe fashionable stockings for little people are long and dark, of the same color aud shade as the plusb that trims or forms their garments. Narrow bands of dark fur, plusb, and velvet, with chenille aud bead eiubrohterles thereon are consid ered correct trimmings for satin dreassa. Beautiful aud stylish little mulls are made of plush to match bonnets and trimmed wtth lace, ribbon, tassels, and ornaments also matching the bonnet. Tojudgofromtbedlrectlonsformaklngmeu'sttlght caps which abound In English papers uo Englishman ever thinks or going to bed with bis head uncovered. The plainest and simplest all-wool colored or black dresses can be converted at once Into dressy toilets by the addition ot a deep collar and cuffs to match of plush. AUplaln-sklrt dresses are home-made. Profes feulonal dressmakers will not touch them; but for all that there are a great many plain skirts seen In the street. When the embroidered Japanese screen fronts of dresses are tn bright colors the brocades, satins, or plusbed of the other parts of the costume are in colore to match tbe tone of the screen drapery. Bonnet strings must now be a yard long no more, no less aud are tied either In front or behind. It Is considered tbe utmost height of elegance to arrange them In oue long-looped bow low on the hack hair. The latest novelty In costumes Is the use of fine em broidered satin Japanese screen draperies for the front breadths of the underskirt, while the overdress Is of striped plush and aatln In colors to match ths drapery. Some pretty winter toilets are wads of velveteen, which Is now so greatly Improved that It can scarcely be distinguished from velvet. Ths tunic and Jacket are centrally trimmed with bands of fur, and ths petticoat Is of kilted silk or plusb, or the whole dress Is made ot velveteen. Flannel iettlcoats are now mails almost fins enough to to be woru without anythlngovsr them. One lately seen was ot heliotrope-colored flannel, with the lower pari trimmed with a aatln plaiting. Over this fell three lace flounces, placed oue above theother. At the head uf all were three aatlu pipings. The matador-red gowns rather fatigue theejeby their blaze of color, aud kill nearly all the other dresses alongside of which Ihey may be seen. Jet trlmmlug properly used subdues tbe dazzle of these rubrical ' garments and tones them down several degrees below the polut marked ' ' loud " on ths thermometer of fash ion. The newest bouuets ars medium sized, aud ars worn far back on lbs bead. Big bunueta are dropping slowly out. Feathers ars taking ths place of flowers loagreatsxlsut. Bouuet strings ars long, and ars orteu arranged lu oue looped bow low ou the back hair, Ueads are as profusely used as ever lu mint nsry. Simple roslumea of plaid, trimmed wllb black velvet, are likely to be popular for out of doors. They usually have ftjackelof either corduroy or ribbed velvet, with some red Introduced Into thsllulug or ths hood or collar, aud a red silk frill beneath tbe skirt. With these dresses the Tarn O'Sbauter hats of velvet, look well, Small Fane hou bouuets for evening wear are made dressy with bead-embroidered velvet and aatlu crowns, while around the brims are twined soft, gold-shot or guld-strlped, bright paitl-eolored rib bons, the long euds of which form tbe strings, A feather aud pouipon are sometimes added, but are not necessary . f you wish to wlu favor with a lady appareled lu sealskin ur velvet by stroking what she Is wearing with your hand, be aureyoudouot slrukedowuward, for lbs pile ot sealskin as well as velvet Is now turned up tu all garments madeof those materials, T his pre vents ths mailed appearance so often visible lu both velvets and f ura of long wear, mm KatKlUls Hlstst-TestltisuulsvU lu ttie Hweettieae uf Auailcisu AstcuUlUia. The wotnon of Kngland (says Polydore Vlmll) not oulr salute tbclr relations wllb a ktss, but all persons promiscuously) aud this cere mony they repeat, gently touching them with the Ups, not uulv uIU grace, but without the least Im modesty. Such, lion ever, as are of tbe blood-royal do uot kiss their Inferiors but offer the back of the hand, as tueu do by way of salutlug each other r rssuius writes In raptuie to oue of bis frisuds on Ibis subject. "Did you but know, my Fauslus" aaya be. "the pleasures which Fuglaud affords )Ou would fly here ou wing feet, aral If vour gout would not allow you, you would with yourself a Daalalus. To mention to you one among mauy things here are nytnphs of tbe liveliest looks good-humored, easy of access, and whjui you would prefer eveu to your favorite Muses. Here, also, prevails a custom never enough to be commeuded, that wherever you corns, every one receives you with s kiss aud when you take jour leave every ope gltet you a kissi wheu you return, kisses agalu meet you. If any ous leaves you, they leavo you with a kiss; If jou meet any one, tbe first salutation Is a Mm in short, wherever you go, kisses everywhere abound) which, my Vausfus old you taste how very sweet and how very fragrant they are, you would not, like Solon, wish for teu years' exile In England, but would desire there to spend ths whole of your lira." Antonio Pent, secretary to the. embassy from Philip II of Spain writes thus to the Earl of Essex t "I have this day, acccrdlmrto tbe custom of your country, kissed, at an eatertala ment, seven femalss all ct thain accomplished In mind and beautiful lu pel son. " Dr. Plerlut Win Mmlus historiographer, to their Mightinesses tbe States of Frlestaad, lu Us CaiviUfk Visifindt, printed lu ICO'.', lulorrcs us that tbe pleasant custom was utterly unpracitoed aud uukuowu lu Eogbiud, (lust as It Is this day lu New Zealand, where sweat. hearts only know huw to touch ttosss wheu they wish lu be kind, ) until the fair Princess Koulr, the daugh ter ot King Heuglst, of Frlcxlaad, "pressed ths beaker with ber Uvklua (llltls lips) and saluted ths amorous Vortlgern with a busjsn, (Unit kill ) -Tat farlrlan, NO. 41. SUNDAY TELEG11AMS. THRF.K O'CLOCK A. M, TURKEV AND GREECE. Tho Power to Arbitrate nn the Froti tier Question. Lotno.t, Dec. 2!i. A despatch from Paris tn the Timet saysf The arbitration proposal Is re garded as n reptahle by all the powers on the basis In dicated by the A'orf A German Unutteot Berlin, that Ihe Porte and Greece shall be asked whether they are willing to submit lo the award nt tbe powers, and that the (silvers shall not consider unanimity respecting the award as a necessliy, but that any resolution come to by a majority of four shall be regarded as binding on the minority. A despatch from Berlin tn the Timet sayst Tho Russian minister at Athens baa been summoned to St. Petersburg to enlighten the Czar on ths Greek question and to receive Instructions. Sr. PRTKttanunri, Dec. . The Agenct Kiitte, In announcing that Russia has agreed to arbitration ot the Greek frontier question, provided that Turkey and Greece promise to accept the decision of the pow ers explains that the refusal by Greece to accept the arbitration scheme does not refer to ths proposal of ths powers but to the demand put forward by Turkey. I.OXD0X, Dec. St. A despatch from Athens to Renter' a Telegram Company sayai Two mstnneraof the diplomatic body recently unofficially interviewed M. CoruoundourosPresldent ot Ihe Council and Mln later of Foreign Affairs relative to Kuropean arbitra tion, ami It Is understand he declined ths proposal. The wife and two sons of the Russian Grand Duke Nicholas have arrived here. They are Ihe guests ot King George, snd were entertslned at a state banquet on Friday. CotSTANTINortlt, Dee. 21. If the Porte accepts' arbitration or the Greek question It will stipulate that Ottoman troops shall occupy the Balkans. SOUTH AFRICA. The Boer Declaration or Indepen dence. Loxnov, Deo. 25, A despatch from Durbar totherinm sayst SlrGeorgo Pomeroy Colley has received a despatch from Pretoria, dated the 18th Instant, communicating a decree of the Trausvaat Republic, declaring that there was no desire to. spill blood, nor did the Republic wish for war. It rested with the British whether the Republic would be forced to aneal to arms In seir-dereiise, which would tie done with all reverence for the Queen, and with the full knowledge that It was a struggle ror the sanc tity of treaties which had been broken by British oncers. It was hoped that an amicable arrangement would be arrived at with MaJ. Lanyon, for the Re public was anxlons to codperate with Kngland lu everything leading to progress. This could only lie done when Its Independence waa acknowledged. An answerwas expected within twenty-four hours. It was tn answer to this decree that MaJ . Lanyon Issued his proclamation, offering pardon to all who Immediately withdrew from tbe malcontent camp. MANITOBA. Coal, flood Indiana, and a Bad Wheat Crop. Wikkepko, Max., Deo. 25. The Hudson Bay Company recently sent a gang ot men up the Saskatchewan river to bring down coal. They got a good seam three feet thick, about fifteen miles up, but were prevented by the Ice running down the river from bringing much away, Mr. Lucas the Indian farm Instructor at Prince Albert, Northwest Territory, reports that his mission Isaajtccesa. There are between 400 and 500 Indians under his charge, and these, he reports, are making good progress In agricultural pursuits. About two thousand bushels ot wbeat were raised this year. The Indiana are acquiring herds of cattle, hulMIng bouses, and are generally taking kindly to the new departure from their old male ot lire. The latest news from the Saskatchewan district shows that the grain crop of this year la a partial fail ure both In quantity aud quality, owing to the late aprlng, the cold, wet summer, and the early fall frost.i Although much mora grain was sownthau last year. It Itdouhtful f there will be as many bushels threshed, and what there Is will not ho of as good a quality. a an Nlntynlar Hnlelde or ts, Yonnar-Ladjr. Chicaoo, Dec. 25. A peculiarly distress ing and unaccountable suicide occurred on Lake avenue, near Thirty-ninth street, this arternoou. Miss Ada Illbden, a young lady of twenty-two years, engaging In manner, and highly esteemed by her ac- aualutances lives thero with tier brother, Robert !llb-i en, assistant manager of the Bank or Montreal, In this city. Last ulght she attended some Christmas festivities at a neighbor's, and was among tbe mer riest. This morning she rose, breakfasted, and dined aa ususl. Shortly after dinner, finding herself alone In the room, she suddenly went to a drawer, took from It a lilstol. and. without warnlns or exDlana- tlou, II red a shot Into her head, aud fell dead ou the carper. m m . Porkopolia Brasja or K Music. Cincixnati, Dec. 25. An audience of 4.000 listened to the oratorio. Handel's Messiah, rendered uere lo-nigui ny me tesiivat cunrus or six hundred voices, Theodore lliomaa, director, with tha Cincin nati orchestra, sixty plecet, and soloists Miss Nor ton, soprano) -Miss Craucb, contralto, and Messrs. Blschoff, tenor; Whitney, basso, andWhltlng.organ 1st. Thsoratoilo was performed under tbe auspices of the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association, with the chorus already organized for the festival of 18(2. The rendition was highly satisfactory. During tbe singing of the Hallelujah chorus the entire audlenco sprang to their feet as If moved by a sudden and com mon Impulse. s Another Charley Boss Case. New York, Dec. 25. On the 14th of Octo ber, 1179, the wife of Alfred drlsou, of 212 Stuyves aut avenue, Brooklyn, sent tier little boy, aged thirteen, on an enand, and he never returned, and, although search was made for him, he was never round. On Thursday last she sent her little girl, aged eleven, on another errand, and she also failed to return. No person has been round who bad seen the child, and, although most diligent seari h was mails for her, she cannot lw found. Mr, and Mrs. Carlson think both children have beeu killed. Talklnv About tbe Weather. Danviu.k, Va., Dec. 25 A heavy snow storm commenced hare about 1 1 o't lock this morning, aud contluued all day. The snow was several Inches deep at sunset, and was still falling, CiNCitXATr, Dec, 25. Telegrams report a con stant and heavy snow fall all day between the longi tude ot Vlncenuesand lbs Allegbeules, and fiom the latitude of tbe southern line ot Keutucky north. Culeaco'a Blsr Drank. Chicaiio, Dec. 25. Saloon-keepers, po lice, aud general observers uulte In saying that thero has been more druukenuess to-day among youur msu than ever seen before on- the streets of Chit ago. These were of a class who seldom drliik, aiul their state to-day Is accounted for by the custom of provid ing free egg-uog to all copiers at the city bars, RECORD OF FIRES. SBostox, Deo. 25, Tho Plnvnlx House at Dedhaiu, Mass., an old laudmark, occupied as a hotel by Mr. Katoii, was burned to-day, I. urn ou building, ((1,000; talon's loss, l,ooo, Peubrokk, Ojit., Dec. 25. A lire this morning destroyed ,1. W. McLaren A Co. 'a general store, tbs Masonic Hall, James Stewart's tin shot), Mra. Beau's coufecllonery, and the town ball. I.uss (23,060) lusurauce, (11,700. Norway, Mb,, Deo, 25. A two-story frame block, owned by Charles Hathaway, aud occupied aa :a meat market, clgarfactory, tbe .Vein KellgloH (news. uwcf uiuio, wiu imjus aim suoe store, was burned to-day, lAt, ('1,000, Insured. NkwYork, Dec. 25. The small frame shanty of Patrick Wlune, In bt. Mark's avenue, near Claasou avenue, Brooklyn, was set on fire this eveulug bv Ihe explosion of a kerosene lamp. Wlune and bis wife were terribly burned, and Mrs. M lime, who Is about sixty years of age, iliesl warn after being takeu out by some of Ihe uelghlioia, TRgN , N. J., Deo. 25. A Are broko out lu a frame dwelling ou Front street at I oMiirktlils morning, and It was completely destroyed. Mrs.lleury Johnson was In ld at the lime and was burned to death. It Is thought that her husband, u ho was under Hie Influence of liquor, kicked the kerosene lamp over, lletusbeeuplaitduudei artest, OuiigKsnuito, N. V Deo. 2.1, A (Ire broke out this morulng lu the billie'nf the .tifnrurs news pawr, and the bha k la a total loas. 'I he first ttoon was occupied by I). II, ilerrliiiiii, grocer, who.se loss Is 11.000 j lusurauce, (l.tKio. Second n,,r, ,i,mti office) has, (i.ooO) Insurance, (7,Soo, 'Ihlrd floor, J, II, Nicholson, printers' supplies; loss, .',IM0 lu. turance not known, 'Ihe following oaupleisof the sdjareut block suffered aniiiewlut by fire and water, but are fully lusuredi Kit Spoouer, furniture dealer; Charles Paris aud Joseph I'lin us, merihaut tailors. Nsw YoitK, Deo. 25. A tire broke out to night lu the rooms of Morion strasberg, a Hebrew tailor, at Vd Itlvlugtuu meet, a Ibree-slory frame building, which was entlnly burued out, Jubauua nracoier uveu ou me second noor Willi htr four ibtl dreu, kuapuby the stairs btliig cut off, she lumped from lbs window tu the yard. 'Ibii iblldren escaped by climbing down the chillies. Uu lo the first floor aud dropping to Ihe yaid, 'the families on ihe Ihlrd Boor escaped through Ihe rouf tu the adjolulug bulldlug The damage to tbe property is slight. Nous of Mis. Kir.euier's family were seriously Injured. i Ss i BRIEF TELEQRAMS. . Cuicaqo, Deo. 25, HusiuesJwas generally suspended throughout tne West to-day, Lotipotf, Deo. 25. Tho steamer Hllesla, from llambuic for New York, which sailed from Havre to-day, took f(oui Havre x 19,000 In specie. New York, Deo. 25, Tho funeral of the late Albert Spevers, well kuowti here lu flnauclal clr. cies, look place to-day ftoui St. Maik't church. Tbe remains were interred; lu hi. Mark's churchyard, Oalvwox, Texas, Deo. 25. A special to tbe Seut from San Autonlo reports that the charter of the San Antonio and Tidewater llallrotd has Uu Issued. The road will be narrow gauze, aud will run to Arnut Pass. Mrs. JosEi'iUMK Tiiow, who passed a forced check for (I, ISO on annul named Sacketl, tn New York, has beeu fouud. and sa) a she gut It from oue Steel, lo whom she huc sold some real estate. Ho has not turned up. Arrived at New York, steamers Britannia and City of Montreal, from Liverpool) Australia, from London) Zealand, ftoui Antwerp.) Ferdinand de I esseps, from Havre, aud Bchleswlg, from Cardiff. &"'' hMWi 'W :ew WH ' 1r?l."t GENERAL, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. Tlse Pope Atalnat Boreottlnr-Dentrt or the Rsvls President. Lotpov, Dec. 25 Tho correspondent of the Timet at Borne sayst tam instilled In asserting that the Land Leigne In Irelan 1 falls distinctly with in tho category of associations regarded by the Vati can as revolutionary, and when the Pope, as In lh document published In the Attirvatare Rrmnno, de ploring ths serious character of the agitation In irelvfiil, etc., for the Official natnre of which I can fully vouch, speaks of anarchical means he points distinctly to "Boycotting" and ether unworthy ays terns. After this irtterence there can be no longer Justification for the assertion made by a portion or the Irish press that the rope countenances the pro ceedings Ihey advocate. BknNr.Dec. at. M. Amlerwert.who was recently elected President of the Swiss Confederation for ISII, committed suicide at 9 o'clock this evening In Ihe public promenade by shooting himself with a revol- Pitturrnrot ts, Dec. St. The second session of the Provincial Assembly nt Fastern Roumella was to-day closed by Aleko Pasha, Governor General, In the presence of the consular body. - Kx.ftovernor Scolt Kilt a Man. Totsno, 0., Deo. 25. At Napoleon, Ohio, last night, tfen. R. K. Scott, ex-Oovernorof South Carolina, and now ft resident of Napoleon, shot and killed a youifg man named Drury. The affair was tho result of a quarrel In relation to a son of (len. Scott. Drury wa a clerk In a drug atore. a yonng man of good standing In the community, and was to have been married on Tuesday next. Ctvt tvvATt, 0Dec.2'S.Adespatcli from Toledo, O.i to the fommrrefnf says that the shooting of Walter 0. Drury, at Napoleon, o., by Oen. llolott K. Scott, formerly colonel of the Sixty-eighth Ohio Infantry, and arterwards Governor or South Caro lina, occurred this morning. Intense excitement prevails, and th" danger of lynching Is so great that a company nt military to-night guards the hotel where Scott Is detained by the sheriff under arrest. m m CRIMES AND CASUALTIES. Coxtocook, N. II., Dec. 25. Amos Frye, a veteran ot the war ot UI2, Is dead, aged eighty- FAtnrtKLD. Vt.. Dec. 25. James K. Owen ex-champion wrestler, died last evening of bronchial 1IUIII, IB, Mkripex, Coxy., Deo. 25. Kd want Pur cell, a gatetender, was killed to-day by the limited express from New York, BosTo:f, Dec. 25. Frederick Stevens, a voting man, died from hydrophobia at Plymouth to day. He waa bitten while In NovaScotlaaome months ago. St. Louis, Doc. 25. A despatch from Pacific, Mo., sayst Andrew Beale, a negro, shot and killed Pat Crow, a awltch-brakeman at that place last night. . CotOMncs, 0., Dec. 25. William Wagner, proprietor ot a brick yard, was stabbed fatally In a saloon to-day, It Is supposed by an associate named Ferdinand Krost. " Boston-, Dec. 25. The body of Frauds Hamilton Harvey, of Indianapolis, the Howard law student who was drowned yesterday, was recovered this afternoon. Cincinnati, Dec. 25. A special from fron ton lo tho ffnzefs sayst Mike Levy fatally shot Patrick Bovle at Kelley's mills, Lawrence county, Friday. The affair began In s boxing match. Mart Kryvan, a colored woman thirty seven years old, poured kerosene In New York yester day on ft lighted lire to speed It. Her clothes caught fire and before helpcamo she was burned to death. A party: of drunken roughs tried to force their way Into a keno bank at St. Louis but night, and In the affray .lames O' Brlen and James Kelly were mortally cut, and others Injured not so badly. Trrnton, N. J., Deo. 25. Alfred W. Clum, of Jersey City, a brakeuian on a'frelght train on the Pennsylvania Railroad, was struck by a bridge, near Princeton Junction, this morning, aud thrown under the wheels and Instantly killed. Flusiiixo, L. I., Dec. 25. This morning a locomotlveot a milk train on the Long Island Railroad ran off the track at Illeksvllle, and dashed twenty feet down an embankment, killing tho engineer. George Rich, and completely demolishing the engine. Fr.08inxa L. I Deo. 25. About six o'clock this evening, durlug an altercation between George Shroder and August Illllot In the barroom of ot the latter, Shroder drew a razor and cut several gashes In lllllot's throat, Inflicting Injuries which may prove fatal. Omaha, Nsn., Dec. 25. Lorenzo Plckarcl, avoinii: farmer, has been arrested, charged with the murder ot Germanle Ilower, whom he struck over the eye, ten days ago, In a petty quarrel. Bower, tt waa supposed, had nearly recovered; but Inflamma tion ot the brain ensued, and he died this morning. Cincinnati, De. 25. A special to the Gazette trom Toledo saysi Mr. Annstong, a farmer residing 2a miles south or this city, to-day went with his wife to a fair at Weston, leaving their two child ren at home. On returning they round their dwell ing In ashes nud the charred remains of their children among the ruins. Nkh- Orlrass, Dec. 25 Augustus Burke, 11 sailor, was shot four times aud dangerously wounded by John McNeil to-day. Burke and another sailor named White, who was under the Influence of liquor, entered a saloon, and Wlilto Insulted McNeil, when a fight commenced. Rurke endeavored to separate the men, whereupon McNeil drew a revolver and fired. Twenty prisoners in tho county Jail at Columbus, O,, mutlrieed yesterday, and all the police lu the south end of the town were called In to quell them. One shot was flred, but without ratal results. Cold water aud chunks of coal thrown at the prison ers were rouud to le sufficient arguments tu quiet them. Several convicts were seriously Injured by being hit with pieces ur coal. New ioRK, Deo. 15. Thomas Rooney, aged sixty-two, a street sweeper, cut his throat to-day at No. 407 West Thirty-ninth street, and died, lis had been drinking and drove his wife rrum the house during the day, and when she came home tie was lylug on the floor dead. He had stabbed hlmseirtwa or three times with a large pair of scissors, audeuded tbe woik by cutting Ida throat with a razor. He hail on tno previous occaslous attempted to poison hlui. self. Flushinci, L. I., Deo. 25. This morning a party or men called at II. T. (Irlrflns's hotel, at Sea side Lauding, Rockaway Beach, and raised an alter catlou regarding tbe quantity uf beer furnished them, during which It Is claimed that ous or them named Mahoti diew a kulfo aud attempted to stab tbe pro prietor, when GrlOlii drew his revolver anil emptied six chambers nt him, several of them taking effect. He then took a gnu loaded with buckshot rrom behind the bar and discharged both barrels Into him, killing him Instantly. Makoa's body was completely riddled wllb bullets and buckshot. (Jrlmu was arrested. Fortrfss Monroe, Va., Dec. 25 .'fills af ternoon Corporal Morton, of Battery K, Second Artil lery, In company with Jacob Klelu, a citizen, nnd a coriwral or Battery C, Fifth Artillery, attempted to cross Mill Creek, a mile west of the Fort, In a small boat, which, being overloaded, capsized. The day waa foggy and the Inat oiukl not be seen by tbe peo ple on the shore. Norton, who was not strong, soon became exhausted aud disappeared. Tlio other two were rescued by a Mr. Dlrsutll, who heard their cries aud weut tn their assistance. Klein has slnos died fromtbeeffoitsof hla exmsure. Norton's body has not jet been recovered. St. Louis, Deo. 25. A report comes from Neelysvllle. Butler county. Mo., a tiUht ou the Sr. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Soiitkeru Hallwav. that J!f!f pa?enter train waa there yesterday, a man rrom St. Louis, whose naws is net given, shot It. P. Jones and wire, of Hjutik's Ferry, iWver county Pa., aud Dr. J, II. Mogers, of orell. Texas, aii.l then roped 10 tha woods. All were passengers on the train. Mrs. Junes la dangerously wouudsd lu the head. Herlmsliand was shot In the band and Dr. Rogers received severe tkwh wound In the shoulder. Mr. Jones aud wife were left tu Corning iu care of the nllrojul agsut, and D Rogers con tinued his Journey o Texas. 'Ihe affair smuis to be MMvtjrit 111 moil uijviery, NEWS POSTSCRIPT, Almoin of pay omcers ct the Navy, con slsllngor Pay Director T. , Looker, president) Pay Director John S. C'um,Ui;luiui, Pay Director A. W. Russell, members, and Assistant Paymaster J. D. Imyle, rtpotUer, b..,ye , ln M1S0U t xbe Nav ,)e. parimeivt durlug the past week for the examination of such omcers of tbs Pay Corps as msy be ordered be fore thaui for promotion, 'psy Inspector (leorge L. Davis was before the board for promotion to the grade of pay director, but his case wss not disposed or, whets tbs board adjourned until Tuesday. Tberetlrauieut of Pay Director It. II, Clark, which occurred about two weeks ago, makes a vacancy, but uothlng can be doue lu the matter until the case of Pavmaster Davis Isdedded. Paymasters George Ccbrano and John Stevenson are first and second va the list of their grade ;or pmuioilun, and the first will undoubtedly be ordered up ror examlnallou, In regard to Stoveusoit uotblug rait be iloas until the decision or Ihe Ward regarding the lUHs caav ts tuade knuwu. Tir (titeatlon of rank lu the NaTy Is oue whli h Is luiiklaully giving rise to dispute, arid has finally reached ft point wk.ro the necessity of some ornclal actKm has become evident, Ihe consequence Isauurdei 1,1 11 hi promulgated constituting Hoard of Naval oflli era, consisting of Cuuiluodor Johu C. Feblger, us President, and Medical Director John M. Browne, Capt. William A. KlrkUud, Chief kugl 1 eer John W. Moore. Commander Itobert I.. PbyUtaV Paymaster A. S, h'wluy, aa uwmbsrs, aud Lieut. Cuuunander Thomas s. Nelson, as recorder, will meet at tlto Navy llepartmeut uu January tf, next. 'Ibis boaid will fully iwtslder the case of each com missioned uttcer ou tbe active list of the Navy, below the grade of Rear Admiral, aud wUI report tu tho Bee rotary of tho Navy for Al a lousldsraiiuti the data from which lu Ittjudgmeut the length of service ot each of such officers should he estimate,! tn determin ing their precedence uuder exlstlug law. mt Sfc.i -. Murerou Atrrisjr Aiuous; Negroes. Yesterday afternoon a lot of colored mui. eugegedlu a dispute In a hoitaskept by a Mr. Kane aaukuft uf sample nioui, uu U street, near Third anu.th.nrst, among tUvn being Thomas korbea a ml Albert Harris, betweeu whom a feud bad existed fur some lime, bile they were dlsputlug Cornelius Bruce esusl the (auae of Harris. FoiLes mistak ing liruio tu Ihj a white man, he being very bright, said to hlmi " I et us nlggcti MW ibis affair our selves without any white msu lutorferlng. ilruco did not like tu be called white, aud became very dem onstrative. Forbea, fearing barm to himself, railed Robert Moullnn 10 accompany bliu to his place ot oc cupation, lie belug a hostler tu Mr. II. I. Uregoiy. tbe stove mau, the stable being lu Marble alley, situ ated between Pennsylvania aud Missouri avenues and Four. and- ball uud blxth streets. Forbes and MtoiU tou started out and were midway across the Armery Square grounds wheu Bruce, who was following them, ran up aud grabbed lorbes by the coat collar? demanding to know wbat he meant by lilt temark at tbe rettauraut, lu tho meantime drawing a kulfe. Forbes tried to make way from bltu.uudat Ust struck: Bruce lu tha heaJ, knocking Idm dowu, aud then ran off. Bruce regalued hit feel and followed him to the. stable tuto which he entered and assaulted Forbes, wbo, grabbing a pistol, SrcJ tkree shots at Bruee. ono of which look effect lu bis left side. Just btlew tbe nipple. Forbes was arrested by Officer SktUy ami carried to tbe police headquarters, where ho Is held for a Learlng. Bruce at a late hour last night was Just alive, but bit atteudlug physician Ibtukt thai hi chances for living aro very aUut, He was employed In Price' sUvery stable us 1 Matrluioulul AttuoMuceuiciii. Thd following advertlscpMUt lately ap pcaied tu several newspapers ulntocl lu ths Provtuce MBleala,Uerwanyi siasy vfiruiuuicui wuu uiw auitn wrier, only daughter ot tbe Right l'Qu. Sir James porter of Sis neateles, United Stales, (kvuuruiaeUkykerbypub Ilshiug luslead of mtktngauy special announcement. I lcgulu. November, IU). Cstlvoa Jcua," (. taya Triiunt,