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; i NO. 306. WASHINGTON. J). C, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 15, 1S74. VOL. XV. FOR HENT. 7Q TWENTY SEUUlTu'STREEFbR -- rt?nt,three comnanl-cfct.n roomit on first. second or third floors- britVlwuse; No.TlJTwentr- teconct street. Ktrtft .Uit.it delS-M" TTWJR RENT A NIGEL Y-FURNISUED X bouse, tea r-joms; fBrca.ee, ringe, b&ita, hot ana cold water; rood location. Rent reasonable. K. M HALL, dec15-3t 517 fecTenth ettect. s UITES OF ROOMS AT THE WHITNEY House, OanUol HIM- delf TTIOR KEN1 A STORE AND DWELUKtfj JL five rooTAs, in a 5plenU.r location, corner of Tonrth ajid ctr-rt.i- ("ruti-.. HllL ant satilti of I-IennTlTftDl avenue. A splrndla place for a tl eet, above rmnsylvanla avriiue northwest. i U-3t QQQ O STKEET ELEGNTLY-FITR. ttlO Tidied fanor and Bedrooms, with or with out Board. !;12-ht QOr VERMONT AVENUE.-FOUBBNT-0--JO A Parlor aud chamber, hamUomcIy far n bed, ith or without loard,at 2b Vermont aTe nut, cpposite tfie Arlington hotel. dtJS-'U 1111 "rENNSYI-VANlA AVENUE N. W JLIvl FOR VENT-Tho Store and Basement of tne u artU font buildiRg No 1101 PeunsTlva- nutvenui ana JMeventu street west. Appi 10 J. J. JOHKmJ. ocll-FMW2w Office In front of Cite Hall FOR RENT N- 911 M STREET; BRICK, roodef n conveuii nce, fU3. No. 211 A street south, an brl V. modern convenlccce&, fS-i. No, 220 K t-trret imrth v est . brick, mo lern cob t enlenes, $83 33. lions and store, a.2 Ninth street norih west il rooms, ioo. No. Til second street north i modern c tntnlencs, $7. So. Hio lVnnsyl TinjiaTi inn brick, pas and water, 7u. No. i;40 Jew York av nu , brh k, modern eonvenicnc , t5. "No 417 K street; brd k. itm " water, bath, Jfcc. 45u. TU03.WAiAMAS,ia&evcntlistriet. dell-tf AJ70 STREET NORTHWEST. FUR 4 A MM! ED ROOMS, en snUe or single; modern . upiovcments. Also, an office on nrtt oor decl0-3t" Tll ELEVENTH STREET NORTH AAOA WKST For rent, neatly fnrnUaed par lor -and chamber, communicating mooern con-T-nienws. No children In the house. Board If dt-s red, and terms moderate; 1131 Eleventh street, near M df-3i ?T- -I THIRTEENTH STREET NORTH vAX WKST For rent, furnished parlor and chamber on first floor, bay window and open Are. Price 7Q per month. dc9-3t ACK FOTR-AND-A-HALF STREET -xJO fOl'THWEST For rent, house and store, o 40S Four and-a-half street tooth west; also, a six-room dwelllnp-hoae. No. 3.(8 -trwt soutti west cicb -npptit-d with ga and wat r. Inquire at & K strei t gouthwest. de9-3t FOR RENT THE FOLLOWING HOUSES: House No. 1.34 Fourth street, between M and JS st ret t-, c niainuiK eight rooms carrtaire-house and stable r nt, y.5 per month. Uone No. 7oSM s' reel containing sen rooms; rent, $33 per mouth H.'H-e No. i15 Twelfth street, containing nine rocm - nut, ii pr month. A. DAVIS A S'N 6is5t-Ttnth -trtet, opposite Tatent Offlce. de9-6t FOR HIRE A GENTLEMAN HAVING uofurtlur u-e at present for his private car nage and h res offtrs to hire to a responsible party daring the present session of Congress at a moo. ratt prj e Address P. O, Box 279. di-cS-Tn.ThAS-n Otnr TdG ELE FNTH MltEEl NORTH WEbT. I UO F'K RENT A large suite of parlors, handsome y furnished, andwith a flue Knabe piano. Also, a second--tory front room. 701 Eleventh street, atxneG nortuwest. de-6t" n Oi WASHINGTON STREET. GEORGE-J-tir TOWN. For rent In Georgetown, corner Uaebington and Pun barton streets, on P street railroad. afir-t-laso D ELLINU, with all mo-I-crn convenience, suitable for a large family. Ap ply next door, 122 AAashlneton street, to A. IIYUE. e2-WFM QAO AND 604 THIRD STREET S. E. FOR OU rent, two nice five-room FRA3IES atl2 and 13 per mouth. Key next door Also, fur nished KOOM3, S'cond story, front, at 310 First street southeast. Flrst-claes locality; near the Capitol. no2l-tf rrno fifteenth street north. I JO WEST -Office rooms. Several fine office ROOMS for rent, oer Thompson's Drng 6 tore, TG3 Fifteenth street. ncv!7-lm FOR RENT-FURNISHED RESIDENCE. We have four HOUSES, all very desirably lo cated and well furnished, rarylng in price from S200 to oC0 per month. Parties who may desire elegant houses will be shown any of above by HUYCK 4 ADDISON, No. 1401 New York avenue, cc23-tf Cor. Fourteenth st. northwest. TTy)R RENT, BY THE 18T OF SEPTEM A? BEK, In the most desirable part of F street, a tore and dwelling with 11 rooms; all modern im prorements. Will be rented separate. If desired, lor one or more years, to responsible parties. Ap ply to EDWARD DOLAN, 1343 T street. ap2S-lf fTlOR RENT ELIGIBLE ROOMS, CON X: press street, Georgetown Heights PAR LOR and two ROOMS on the first floor, and three Chambers on the third floor; all choice rooms and nltably furnished. oc6-Tn,Th&Stf QOr, INDIANA AVENUE. FOR RENT njJ Handsomely furnished Rooms, at No. 320 Indiana avenue. octl-tf FOR SALEOJRRENX F'ikstSlass blaok dress coats, almost new, for talc or hire. t "JUSTITS," 819 D street iKirtuwest, between Sixth and feercntU Btrts. N B Tottly Silk Drees, Terj cheap. lel5-tjaiui FOR SALE OR RENT. A LARGE AND comtnodloas two-storr and back bnlldlns BHK K DWH.LISG on tne Helebtft of George town D. C . The building contains tbe modern lmproYcim nts, and is within three squares of the W tropolltan Street Railroad. The building Is located In the centre ora square of ground Apply to JAS. L. DAVIS, dec5-2w No. 51 Conferees street. PERSONAL. Al TION TO THE PUBLIC. 1 will pay no bills except w hat I contract in per son. C. KENNADY. del5-3t rrfflE rrBLic are hereby notified J- that 1 will pay no debts unless contracted by mepir onally, or by m nrltten authorltv. del2-it. WJI. B. hMITH, SB. -T0NEY TO LOAN20.000, tlO.000, 5,00e, jyjL.s-5(0, also, several small sums, to loan on long time, on first-class city property. Money to loan on real estate. n WABSERf de3-2m Corner Seventh and P streets. CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATIONS. Old Dr. DARBY has greater facilities than ever for practicing his specialty. Only one charge for advice and medicine. Oclce and Drug Store corner Four-and-a-half street and Pennsylvania avenue, (Colonization Building.) no24-lm BOARD OF ArniT CERTIFICATES AND BONDS Bouglit tor Coali. MONEY TO 1XAN. J. W. STARR, Northeast corner Fifteenth street and New ork avenue, up stairs. nols-tf DR. ROBERTSON.NO. 418TENTHSRTEET, opposite City Gas Office, treats especially all diseases of the Urinary Organs, Gonorrhea, Gleets, Btriitures, Syphilis, and all Bkln Diseases, Sem inal Weaknesses, Involuntary Seminal Losses, lmpotency, Menul and Physical Incapacity, Im pediments to Marriage, Ac Guarantees a postlve and speedy cure by newly-discovered remedies. Dr. Robertson can be consulted every WEDNES DAY' and SATURDAY, from 8 to 9 p. m. ocl-tf LOST AND FOUND. T OST FIVE DOLLARS REWARD. THE p j above reward will be paid to the finder of an EAR KING wiih Malachite setting, lost either at the Capitol, on V street cars, or on Twelfth street, netween F street and New York avenue, on de livery at the office of John A. Graw & Co., 1K6 y ew York aTenne. de!4-t INSimANCE. HOME INSTJRAHCE. NATIONAL UNION FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, Or WismsGxos. Chartered by Congress, 1855. CASH CAPITAL 1100,000 00 SURPLUS 100,000 00 Office, No. 613 Louisiana aTenne, DiniCTOJts: Charles IKnsp, president; George W. Biggs, vice president; Marshall Brown, Blch rd Wailach, William Dixon, Samuel Bacon, An drew (True, Nicholas Acker, John T. Mitchell; Noble D. Lamer, secretary. nov5-3n mm; abijlkgtos fibe issdbahce COMPANT, FOE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. Paid Capital, 8200,000. Directors: Walter 8. Cox, President; Dr. Wm. P. Johnson, Vice President: Wm. B. RUey, Wai. Galt,Cbarles Edmonston. Wm. F. MatUiigly.Adam fiaddls, T. M. Hanson, W. H. PhlUp. C. B. MAUBY, Treasurer. FRANK T. RAWLING8, Secretary. OBce: H2J o street northwest, Washington. D. C sepal JjUK EI FIBE! FIBE! FIREMEN'S INSURANCE COMPANY, Or WASHINGTON AND GXOBOKTOWN, Oflce, Room No. I, over Bank of Washington. Capital, $310,000. Surplus Fund, 1100,000. Chartered by Congress 1837. DIRECTORS: Zsaa PlcJrrell, Geo. W. Cropley, Ed. Shoemaker, (of Georgetown.) . James Adams, Thomas Parker, T. Edw. (.lark, Jos. Bfdferni Andrew Rothwell, J. S. Walsh, A. A. Wilson, T. B. Cross, W.J. Wilson, , V1 . W. K. Howard, (of Washington.) JAMES ADAMS, President. oetMm C. W. HOWABD. Secretary. DRUGGISTS. SCHELLEE & PINKABD, Successors to Daniel B. Clarke Co., WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DRUGGISTS, n PennsylTanla avenne. between Four-and-a-haII udsiztastreti. noTl2-Th,STnJm WANTS. AYOITIO LADY WHO HAS TAUGHT renicansblp writes Speoeerlan hand desires coplnc Aildrrs K. M. F city 1'. O. den KUOM AND BOARD WANTED BY A GEN. TLEMAN. fbeeriul room, ell furnished, or can furnlth It himself; fire and fas, good table; plenty of people no objection; location near horse railway. Address, stating terms, c, 'CANE,1 pot ..nice. .leu-It WANTED LADIES TO KNOW THAT from this day we shall sell Embroidery Cot ton at 3 cents per skein; Night iown Yokes, 15 c.iits : hcinifce Yokes. 12 cents; Worsteds, all ehade., fromistolccntsrerounce. WM. TRINCE, tl.-9-ltn 1003 V street. APHONOGRAPHER DESIRES A POSI TION as eserk, to work at night. Address r. O. Box 75 dccS-tt' "TTfANTED RESIDENTS OF GEORGE V TOWN to know the Antomatlc Telepraph Company have op. ned an oalcc at 3Ir. A. V. Grimes", 1 llrldi-e street, and are prepared to send mistakes to Italtltnore, I'hliatle'phla, Tren ton, Newark and New York at thell unirorm rate of 30 words for S5 cents. dec7-lm XTT ANTED EVERY HOUSEKEEPER TO V call at 1000 K street and examine Carter's Burglar Alarm. The most reliable and secure pro tection out against burglars and sneak thieves. A gents to canvass wanted. del-lm TtTANTED EVEY LADY TO KNOW IT she can buy Bergman's Zephyr Worsteds, any shade er colortfor nriy cents per pound cheaper thn elsewhere at PRINCE'S stamping depot, loos T street. nuJQ-lm TXTANTED PARTIES ON OAPITOLHILL Y HAVING HOUSES TO KENT, either far nlshedwor unfurnished, can bare them rented by placing them In our hands. We hare a large and current demand for HOUSES to rent, and owners of Bueh who may be desirous of renting will find It to their advantage to e-g" Real Estate Brokers. 110 First street southeast, Capitol 11111. no4-WFMtf WAJ.TED-AT THIS OFFICE, COPIES OF The National kepublican of the sathday ofSeptember. ocio-tf NEW AND SECOND-HAND ONE PRIOi, only. New clothing sold at very reasonable prices. Selected stock of sec.nd-hand clothing, very cheap, at JUSTII'S. 619 D street, between Sixth and Seenth northwest. Branch store, 1215 K street, between Twelfth and Thirteenth N.W. Jy8 WA N T E D SECOND-HAND FURNI tnre. Bedclothes, Second-hand Clothing, and Boots and Shoes. Will pay the highest cash prices. Orders by mall promptly attended to, by H.COLE MAN & CO., -No. 936, corner of Tenth street and Pennsylvania avenue. ap2S-ly UREKA EMPLOYMENT OFFIOE, 818 F street. Residence, Eureka House, 1713 K street, between Connecticut avenue and Eigh teenth street northwest. ,,. janlS MRS. LOUI8E C. BUTLER. FOR SALE. Fl SALE. AN OLD AND WELL-ESTAB-I1M1EDBUS1NE& HOUSE. Reasons given for dl.iH-mg of the same aud Unns by addressing box 24. Hilonlr-. Mar dell-tf OR SALE. SEVENTH STREET PROP ERTYA STORE STAND and DWELLINU, locatetl lictwetn N and O strict northwest. Price, S.7.OC0 .iiilv60O required in cash; balance on long time. Here i. a splendid opportunity to obtain a business proptrty on one of the best business streets In the cltv, on cas te. ms. leu-3t M. $1. ROllliElt. w Seventh street. BIRDS FOR SALE. MOCKING BIRDS. Bt lgian Canaries and a rim. specimen of the common Canary, 244 Kour-and-a-hall street south west, Iielween Maryland avenue and Sixth street. dtl2-B&.Tnlin' FOE SALE ONE OF TH E MOST STYLISH establishments in this city, tbe property of a gentleman who has no further use for It, has been lrftwlth us for sale. It consists of a pair of nne Chestnut Horses, llver-ilaled Harness,and Coupe Landaulette. made by Wood Bros., and has been but little used. J 11. OLCOTT Jt SOS, Hiring and bale Stables, II street, between Thirteenth and Fon rteenth. de!2-ct C(V7 THIRTEENTH STREET N. W. FOE JJ sale, a fine Ihrie-story and buement pressed-brlck HOUSE, nine rooms, modern im provemtnts. No. 9V7 Thirteenth street northwest, opposite Franklin square. DOWNJI AN & GREEN, 412 Seventh street. delO-To,S-,Th3t Star- F.M.WI F OH SALE. A VERY SUPERIOR PAIR of Carriage llor-es: nne style and serviceable. Apply at 615 Fifteenth street northwest. IriMJt Star F OR SALE. w hn. cnrrentlv tn onr hands FOR SALE the most extended and the finest line of REAL. EbTATE on Capitol Hill, and In situations of un- Juesiiontd excellence. HOUSES OF EVERY IKSCRH'TION, graduating from twenty, five IhoutAnd eadi to one thousand dollars, and very m.3y handsome BUILDING LOTS AND SUUAUZs OF GROUND In the most eligible lo cations In tcls eautirul and rapidly expanding section ol the city. Furnished houses to rent, HESTER & EVANS, Real Estate Brokers. No. 110 First street southeast. Capitol Hill. de4-FMWtf FOR SALE ONE OF THE HANDSOMEST Park Phaetons In the city. In good order and strongly built; can be seen at ANDREW J. JOYCE'S Carrlare Repository, corner Fourteenth and E streets northwest. nov27-ThStf F)H SALE A NEWCOTTAQEHOUSE.AT Le Droit Fark, containing seven (?) rooms and cellar, water and gas. House 30x32. Lot contain ing 5,443 feet; front, eoxsi deep. Price 4,500. Ap ply at JOHN C. CALLAHAN'S Paint Store, cor ner of Twelfth street and Pennsylvania avenue northwest. Kev to be hati next door. nog-lm T OTS "ABINGTON PARK" AT PEI XJ VATE SAL. Circulars and Information of LAT1MLR A CLEARY. Auctioneers. nol9-lm Star WM. HENDERSON, CARPENTER AND BUIXDEB, Mnssnelinsettn avenne, bet. Tblrteenttl and Fourteenth streets. Residence 1718 Fourteenth street norhwest. All work executed promptly and faithfully. Tirms moderate. nol4-tf legalTIZII IN THt SUPREME COURT OF THE DIS TRICT OF COLUMBIA. Robert Cohen 1 .. vs. InEqultyNo.3065,Doe.U. George W. Wise ct al., J This cause has been referred to tbe Andltor t state the account of the trustee and tbe account for distribution of the fund among tbe creditors of tha late John H.Wise: .. ,. Therefore, the creditors of the estate of the said John H Wise, deceased, are hereby notiilcd to file their claims with the vouchers thenrff,ln my office. No. 4S6 Louisiana avenue, Washington city, on or before MONDAY, the 21st dav of December, 1874. ROBERT LEECH. Andltor. F December 1, 1874. decl-Tnlw STOVES AND TINWARE. STOVES. STOVES. STOVES. Call and examine my extensive stock of Heating, Cooking and Parlor Stores. Embracing SFEAB S CELEBRATED STOVES, (Heating and Parlor,) Of which we. have in store a eomnlete stock, which I am selling at lower rates than heretofore. Also his BEYOLYING LIGHT ANTI-CLINKEB HEATING STOVES. An examination Is all that Is needed to be con TliKSdofthefact. To be found at the Stove Warerooms of W. D. WYVILL, THE AGENT, 433 PE5XSTI.YAJ.1A. AVENUE. oel7-2m QT Q "W. H. JIABBOTEB, Q"1 Q OJLO SEVENTH STREET. O J.O Five doors from PennsylTanla avenne north. STOVES, EAKGESj. FIRE-BRICKS. REPAIRS FOB ALL KINDS OF STOVES. FULL ASSORTMENT OF noUSE-FURNISHING aei GOODS. M. W. GALT, BRO. & CO. HaTe this season personally selected abroad with great care and IMPORTED DIRECT the Largest and most Elegant Assortment of IFXjXTE :F-A--N"C3"3Z' goods, CLOCKS, BBONJFS uizjwv EVENING FANS, ENGLISH POCKET and TABLE CUTLERY, Ac, ever offered to their customers; which, together with an unusually large stock of WatdES, Jewelry, SiItet aM Fine Haled Ware, They offer at very low prices. 3-Attcntlon Is colled to their assortment of Tery elegant ENGLISH CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS. For effect, brilliancy and REAL ECONOMY they excel any heretofore Introduced. dt9 (Star.) QPECIAL NOTICE. THE UNDERSIGNED HAVING TAKEN the new and ELEGANT IRON-FRONT build ing on Eighth street, near Market Space, No. u would Inform their customers and friends that they are stocking their warerooms with a fine elasa of furniture pnrchsscd at reduced nricea, and ln tendtosell accordingly. , Allweaskls acall, and we are confident we can give satisfaction lit quality Tn" price. H. F. ZIMMERMAN A SON. Bdec5-2w "7". O. IiVOJbi,lur, BOOKBINDER AND PAPER-RULER, Ho. 971 PenxtsylTauiDa mye-. bet. Teiills asnd EleTentb stsu, Bontb Bide. : Xf-Booki eleganur or plilnly bound. Fedodr. calsand newspapers carefully attended to. AWNINGS M . And awning frames, mannfactured by J. C HOGAN, 711 Market Space. Awnings for stores, public buildings, hotels, and private residences at factory prices. Flags and camp-meeting tenu for "solfagent for the o 1 genuine MUdew-proof ATrslMBoodj, " FORTY-THIRD CONGRESS. COMMITTEES OX TJT1S HECEFIION OF K1XU KALAKA.UA. HOMESTEADS AND GRASSHOPPERS-CIVIL RIGHTS TARIFF PACIFIC RAILWAY CURRENCY BILLS-CALLS FOR INFORMATION-COMMITTEES OF INVESTIGATION GAI.-LAW-PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS SUBSIDIES. Wokdat, Deceubek 14, 1874. SENATE. Sir. Morton presented a petition of colored cit' lens of Indiana, statins that, in behalf or 15,000 colored voters of Indiana, they protest against the recent decision of tbe Supreme Court of the United States as denying them of their rights as cltliens and their children or the advantages or an education. They declare that they believe that this decision Is contrary to the recent amend ments to tbe Constitution, and violative or public policy, and they ask that the law officer or the Qtvernment be directed to appeal the case to the Supreme Court or the United States, Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. THE GLOBE OTTICE FOR SALE. Sir. Anthony presented a memorial or F and J. Elves and Geo. A. Bailey, proprietors or the Con grcittonal Globe, asking Congress to purchase their building and material. Referred to the Committee on Printing. Mr. Conkling presented memorial of mutual insnranco companies or New York, asking that the provision of law excluding them Irom the benefit ol the Genera award be repealed. Re ferred to Committee on Judiciary. Mr. Davis Introduced hill making an appro- Sriatlon to continue the Improvement or the ireat Kanawha river. West Virginia. Referred to Committee on Commerce. Mr. Ferry, or Mich., introduced bill for the Te ller or Captain Joseph Law, late or the United States army. Referred to the Committee on Mil itary Affairs. Mr. Hitchcock introduced bill for the relief or John L. Woir, late Brst lieutenant Fourth Penn sylvania cavalry. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Also, Dill to autnorixe tne commissioners ot Agriculture to make a special distribution or seeds. Referred to the Committee on Agricul ture. Mr. Pratt introduced bill to amend the pension laws by removing the disability or those who participated in tbe rebellion, but who have since enlisted in the army or the United States. Re ferred to the Committee on Pensions. Mr. Allison introduced bill to provide for the fovernment and to promote tbe civilization or ndlans. Referred to tho Committee on Indian Affairs. TBE CRiSSHOrrEB QUESTION. Mr. Harvey, from the Commltteo on Public Lands, asked tbe Indefinite postponement or sun dry bills, and submitted as a substitute therefor a bill for the relief or certain settlers on the pub lic lands, which provides that settlers who lelt their lands on account ol the ravages of the grass hoppers, or may In 187S be compelled to leave their landB for the same cause, shall not be de barred or their right to such lands, and Invests tbe Commissioner ol tbe General Land Office with power to modify the homestead law In their favor. Mr. Thurman doubted the propriety or extend ing an invitation to the grasshoppers to come back next year, lor they would be certain to ac cept it. Mr. Morrill, or Vt., approved or the objects or the bill, but thought It too latltudinarlan. Mr. Harvey explained the necessity for the im mediate passago of the bill, and hoped there would be no objection to Its passage. After some lurthcr discussion, an amendment was offered striking out that part of it relating to 1S75. The amendment u rejected, and the bill passed. K1KO KALAKAUA. Mr. Cameron submitted a concurrent resolu tion providing for the appointment of a joint com mittee or two Senators and three Representa tives to take proper measures rr the notice or the presence at this capital ol Ills Majesty King Kalakaua, of tbe Sandwich Islands. Adopted. Mr. Anthony submitted a resolution that the Committee on Printing be directed to Inquire whether the bulk or the Congretiional Record cannot be reduced without Impairing Its value. Adopted. EW COiTEIlESOE O!) TBE TAEirr BILL. Mr. Sh erman called up his motion to provide for a new committ ce of conference on the tax and tariff bill, lelt over from the last session. Agreed to. The Chair appointed al members or the com. mlttee, on the part or the Senate, Messrs. Sher man, Frellnghuysen and Cooper. THE ISDIA5A CIVIL MOHTS DECISION. Mr. -Morton submitted a lengthy preamble, set ting forth the facts In the recent decision of the Supreme Court or Indiana, excluding colored children from the common schools of that State, and alleging, that the complainants In the ease are usable to bear the costs or an appeal; and, as great public questions are involved, directing the Attorney General, atlhe expense or the General Government, to sue out a writ or error to the Su preme Court or tbe Unltsd States. On motion or Mr. Morton the preamble and resolution were referred to the Committee on tbe Judiciary. rtmitc LABDS. Mr. Sargent Introduced bill fixing a minimum price upon certain restored pubUo lands; also, a bill fixing a minimum prise upon certain restored lands In California; both of which were referred to the Commltteo on Pnbllo Lands. BOARD OF AUDIT. Mr. Morrill, of Me., reported House bill ex. tending the powers or the board of audit or the District ol Columbia; which was read and laid over, Mr. Edmunds wishing to examine It. Mr. Kelly Introduced bill granting tbe right or way and depot grounds to the Oregon Central and Pacific railroad through tha pnbllo lands or the United States. Referred to the Committee on Eallroads. Mr. Howa called up House bill relating to the disposition or certain lands to be reclaimed in sections 14, a and S8, In township 15 north, or range 3), In the county or Sheybovgan, Wis. Passed. Mr. Wright Introduced bill to amend the 14th section or the Judiciary actor 1789. Referred to the Committee on tha Judiciary. racino railroad. Mr. Ingalls introduced a bill providing for reference to the Court of Claims and the Su- Sreme Court for determination of tbe rights or :e central branch Union Pacific railroad under existing laws. He did not ask for any reference of the bill, as one of a similar na ture had been reported to the Senate, but he now gave notice that when the gentleman from Iowa, Mr. Wright. called np the bill declaring the true Intent and meaning or tbe Union Pacific railroad, acts he wonld submit his bill as a sub stitute lor it. Mr. Ingalls introduced bill for roller of John Fletcher. Referred to Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Edmunds introduced bill for the relief of the United States District Judge for the State of Vermont. Referred to Committee on the Judi ciary. Also, a bill explanatory or tbe army appropri ation act for the fiscal year ending June SO, 1879. Referred to Committee on the Judiciary. Also, a bill to amend the act regulating pro ceedings in (criminal cases, approved March 3, 1855. .Referred to .the .Semjnlttee on the Judi ciary. Mr. Howe submitted tbe annual report ol the Librarian of Congress, and offered :a resolution to print 500 additional copies. Hclerred to Com mittee on Printing. On motion of Mr. Sargent, the Committee on Rules was directed to Inquire into the expediency of amending the twesty-Arst Joint rule. Mr. Stevenson Introduced a bill to provide for the erection ora public building at Covington, Ky. Beferred to the Committee on Publlo Buildings and Grounds. On motion of Mr. Ingalls, the House bill to authorise the Seneca Nation or New York Indians to lease lands within the Cattaraugus and Alleghany reservations, and to confirm ex isting leases, was taken from the calendar and recommitted to the Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. Boreman was, at his own request, excused from further service on the Committee on Claims. Mr. Boutwell presented the memorial or H. W. Boardman, of Lowell, Mass., asking leave to appear before the Committee on Patents In be half of certain parties in opposition to the Well man patent lor stripping top plats or carding machines. Mr. Pratt presented a petition of IL W. Robin son, or Fort Wayne, Ind., asking the reduction of the President's salary to $25,000 per annum. Beferred to the Committee on Civil Service Ee rorm and Retrenchment. Mr. Cameron presented a petition of Charles B. White, Geo. M. Stanberr and J.J.Woodward, asking for such legislation as will Insure their promotion to the rank or surgeon In the army. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Sherman presented a memorial or the Im porters' and Grocers' Board of Trade or New York, asking a revision or the revenue collection laws. Beferred to the Commltteo on Finance. OETZTA AWARD. Mr. Conkling introduced a hill to amend the act creating the commission to distribute the Geneva award. Beferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, Mr. Thurman pretested a memorial of Mrs. Admiral Daelgren, Mrs. Eumalne-OTorbeek and Vinton Qoddard, soliciting Congress to pass an act to author! te tha trustee or the estate ot the late Samuel T. Vinton to dispose of certain se curities ana other property oeionging u u estate and to Invest the proceeds In other prop Mr. Thurman (aid that as this was purely a question or law, he asked the reference of the memorial to the Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Wright Introduced a bill for the relief of John Olegnorn, late register of the land office at Slouz City, Iowa. Beferred to the Committee on Public Lands. cottoh rxsmrs. Mr, Morton Introduced a bill declaring the ef fect or the permits granted by the President to make purchases In the Insurrectionary States in certain cases during the rebellion. Beferred to the Committee on the Judiciary. YEW DISTRICT QOVXSSltXXr. Mr. Morrill, of Me., called up the bill reported from the select committee to frame a new form of government for the District of Columbia, and It was read at length. . . ., Mr. Morrill then slid that the demand for the bill by those interested could not be supplies, and he submitted a motion to print three hundred additional copies. Agreed to. The bill wat laid over with the understanding that It come up at unfinished business to-morrow. RICXmOK OF THE XIXO. The Vice President appointed Messrs. Cameron and Metjietry at the comsutto VD the part of the Senate to. make arrangements for the proper reception by Congress of the King of the Sand. wlch Islands.- The Senate then, at 335 p. m., adjourned. HOUSE OF BEPBESKNTATIVES. Under tbe call -of States, bills for reference were Introduced and referred as follows, vlx : RZDCCTJO-r OF TAXES. By Mr. Starkweather, of Conn.: Bill to repeal acts Imposing a stamp tax on checks, drafts and other papers for the payment of money. Ways and Means. By Mr. Kellogg: Bill for the reliel or certain persons In the city of Washington whose dwell ings were unroofed by the tornado of 1874. Dis trict of Columbia. By Mr. Tremalne, of N. Y. : BUI to amend the act creating a court for the adjudication and dis tribution ot money under the treaty of Washing ton. Judiciary. THE LAW OF LIBEL. Also, a bill relating to Indictments for libel In the District or Columbia and the trial thereof. Judiciary. By Mr. Cox, or N. Y.: Bill to provide Tor the enforcement or snbtcrlprkjns to the stock or cor porations under the laws or the United States. Ways and Means. By Mr. Ducll, or N. Y. : Bill to fix the time Tor the commencement or pensions to widows and or phans or soldiers or the late war. Invalid Pen sions. AWOTBSR CTRRXSCT BILL. By Mr. Allbrlght, or Pa.: Bill relating to froo banking, to reduce the Interest on the publlo debt, and forihe retirement of legal-tender nctes. Banking and Currency. By Mr. Speer, or Pa,: BUI to reduce postage on all letters to one cent. Post Offices and Post Roads. Also, a bill to restore George A. Armes to hit rank as captain In the army. Military Affairs. Hy Mr. Smith, or Va.: Bill to amend the act constituting eight hours a legal day's work. Edu cation and Labor. By Mr. Smith, or N. C: Bill for the roller or the Southern States by a compromise In settle ment ofthe debtt of the same. Judiciary. SELECT COXVtTTEE OX THE SOUTH. By Mr. "Whitcly, of Ga.: Joint resolution to investigate the legal and political condition of the reconstructed States. Solect committee when appointed. By Mr. Darrall, of La.: Bill relating to the rank or officers In the army. Military Affairs. By Mr.Sayler, of Ohio: Bill to preserve the Iree navigation of the Ohio river. Commerce. By Mr. Bundy, or Ohio: Bill to amend the act or 1862 establishing and cquallitng the grade or line officers or the United States navy. Naval Affairs. By Mr. Finch, ol Ohio: Bill to repeal so much ol the Post Office appropriation bill of June 22, 1874, as requires prepayment on newspapers, pe riodicals and other publications. Post Offices and Post Roads. By Mr.Mavnard,of Tenn.: Bill to amend House bill No. 2,820 amending the national bank net. Banking andCurrenoy. RATIONAL KA1LWAT. By Mr. HnTlburt, or 111.: BUI for the construc tion or the Washington, Cincinnati and St. Louis narrow gauge railway. Ballways and Canals. Bv Mr. Farwell, of 111.: Bill to authorize free banking, and to provide for resumption or specie payment. Banking and Currency. By Mr. Parker, of 'Mo.: Bill to provide for a government, and to provide for the civilisation of the Indians. Indian Affairs. By Mr. Stannard, of Mo.: Bill to establish a department of commerce. Commerce. By Mr. Field, or Mich.: Bill to Increase taxa tion on foreign products and to facilitate the re sumption ol coin payments by tho Treasury. Ways and Means. By Mr. Page, orCaL: Bill for the relief of Sav ings Banks. Banking and Currency. It pro poses to relieve all Savings Banks of taxation. DISTRICT BILLS. By Mr. Cblpman, of D. C: Bill for the relief of lUe UCirB Ol JLUriUSlU ArtVUlgBlUU, UCWMOU. Claims. Also, bill for relief of Michael Nash. Claims. Also, bill to Incorporate tbe Georgetown and Tennallytown Railroad Company. District ot Columbia. Also, a bill to amend the act Tor tho govern ment or the District or Columbia, approved June 20, 1874. District or Columbia. Also, a bill for the government of the District of Columbia. District of Columbia. Mr. Young, or Ga., offered a bill to authorise the settlement or claims against the Post Office Department for mail service In the Soutbprlor to 18U. .Referred to the Committee of the Whole on a point ol order. Mr. Harris, or Ga., offered a bill antberlzlnr the payment ot one bailor all duties on imports In legal tender or national bank notes, Instead or In gold. Beferred to the Committee or the Whole. UNITED STATES TROOrB IS ALABAMA. Mr. Caldwell, or Ala., offered a resolution di recting the Secretary or War to report to the House a detailed statement, showing the number ol United States troops In tne State or Alabama on the 2d or November, 1874, the places where they were distributed and located, whether they acted independently or as a pone lor the Udlted States marshal; and also to furnish the House with a detailed statement of the manner In which the law was execnted authorising the distribu tion of rations and provisions to the sufferers by the overflow of the Tombigbee and other rivers In Alabama, what agents were employed and how such provisions were distributed, and also all matters in possession of the War Department In connection with the same subject. Messrs. Hale ct N. Y., Kasson and others thought tbe resolution should be referred. The main question was ordered and the resolution was adopted. MODI Or APPROPRIATION. Mr. Wheeler, of N. Y., moved to so suspend the rnles as to make It In order to move an amend ment to the legislative, executive and Judicial appropriation bill, .'nr'ti the mode of appro priation for any publlo object now recognized by law. Mr. Wheeler explained that this would save at least (100,000 to the Government by making an appropriation direct Instead of baring It paid through the Department. Mr. ildredge.or Wis., Inquired what particular case was alluded to. ASYLUM TOR DISABLED TOLCXTEERS. Mr. Wheeler said be alluded to the appropria tion for the asylum lor disabled volunteers. The money was now paid through the second auditor and he wanted to make It direct. Mr. Garfield, or Ohio, suggested that the reso lution was too broad and It should apply to the case mentioned alone. Mr. Negley, of Pa., suggested a postponement of the resolution until the arrival of General Butler, who was the president ofthe asylum. Mr. Wheeler said It had nothing to do with General Butler or with the management of the asylum. The resolution was then modified as suggested by Mr. Garfield and passed. On motion or Mr. Bufflnton, or Mass., the Sec retary ot the Treasury was directed to report upon the feasibility and expense of establishing a marine hospital at Nyack, Mass. Mr. Speer, of Pa,, offered a resolution directing the Committee on Bales to Inquire Into the ex pediency of so amending the rules as to limit the time during which remarks deUrered on the floor may be withheld from the Record for re vlflon. Beferred to the Committee on Bales. TBE PRESS Ola LAW. Mr. Phelps, of N. J., in accordance with notice given last week, called np his bill to repeal what Is known as the gag law, and asked that It might be considered at once. Mr. Hale, or N. Y., objected. Ue thought It should go to a committee. Mr. Phelps said be would Ihenmove to suspend the rnles so as to bring the bill np tor considera tion. Mr. McKee, or Mies., hoped that would not be done, as many members wanted to more to suspend the rules. He had a resolution about the slaughter or people lat Vlcksburg which was more Important than this newspaper Dill. Mr. Cox, or N. Y., said all understood the bill, and be suggested that It be passed at once. Mr. Poland, ol Vt, protested against sach a course. His name badbeea mentioned In con nection with the matter, and it was due that he should have an opportunity for explanation. zrroRTS to oao polahd. Mr. Phelps' motion was rejected. Mr. Cox then moved to suspend the rules. This was also rejected, and the bill was then referred to the Judiciary Committee, with leave to report at any time. BATE BCBOLAST IXQCIRT. Mr. Beck, of Ky., moved to suspend the rules and pass a resolution authorising the appoint ment of a committee or five members .to Inquire K any officer or officers or the United States or or the District had used any means to obstruct the administration of the law in said District, and especially In connection with the so-called safe burglary trial; that said committee hare power to send for persons and papers, to examine witnesses under oath, to sit during the sessions of the House, and to report at any time. The resolution was rejected yeas 1S8, nayt 88, two-thirds not voting for It. The vote In detail. was at follows: TEAS. narrls, Va. Harrison Hatcher Hawley, Conn. Uazelton, Wis. Hereford Berndon Holman Howe Hun ton Kasbon Kellogg Lamar Lamlson Lawrence Law son Leach Loughrldge LuttreU Msgee Marshall Martin "HeCrary McDlll McLean McXulta Marrlani MlUlkan Mills Munroe Morrison Neal NlbUck O'Brien Packard Page Parker, N.H. Pendleton Perry Pierce Pike Potter . Randall Bay Bead Richmond Archer Arthur Ashe Atkins Banning Beck Bell Berry Bland Blount Bow en Bright Bromberg Brown BuSnton Bnrcbard Burleigh celdwall Cannon Cason , Chittenden Clark, Mo. Clymtr Coalngo Cook gorwtn ox Crittenden Crocker Crossland Crutchseld Dewltt Dobbins Durham Zamea :F.ldredre Farwell Flnck Fort Glddlngt Glonr Gusekel Hamilton Hancock Harris, Mo. Harris. Ga. Bobbins E H Roberts Robenson. HI. Bayler, Ind. Savler, Ohio. Behell Sctnmaker Shanks Bherwood Bhoemaker Sener Bloss Small Smith, N.Y. Smith, N. C. Southard Sneer Bprague Stannard starkweather Stone Storm . btrawbrldgt Swann Thomas, N. C. Truer Vance "Waddell Whitehead Whltehouse Whltthorne Wlllard.Vt, Wlllard,Hleh. Williams, Wis. WllllamsVMlch. Willie Wilson, Md. Wilson, Iowa, Wilson, Ind. Wolfe Wood "Woodworth Young, Ky. Yonng.Ga. 133. Iee Fourtu jpage.1 CUEMJT CAPITAL TOPICS. BTXOraiB OT THE SETT JLTlirr BILT. XOW2X OOirrEJtEXCE. THE NEW EXPEDITION TO THE ISTHMUS MARYLAND REPUBLICANS McARTUUR DECLINES-REPORT ON THE SOUTHERN CLAIMS MR. TREMAIN'S BILL PEN SIONS FIN ANCES COTTON CROP GE NEVA AWARD, AC. LAND PATENT BEFUSED. The Commissioner of the General Land Office has rejected the claims or Olsborne and Cham bers In the matter or the application for a patent lor the "King ofthe West" lode in Utah. THE PENSION LAWS. Mr. Duell's bill In relation to pensions to widows and orphans or the soldiers of the late war proposes that In all cases the pension shall commence at the time or the death or the soldier. THE LATE TORNADO IN THEDISTEICT. In the House of Representatives a bill was In troduced yesterday by Mr. Kellogg, of Conn., exempting from taxation, for three years rrom the passage of the act, dwellings and buildings In Washington unroofed by the tornado of July 4,1874. THE CIVIL EIGHTS BILL. General Butler will soon be ready to report the civil rights bill from the Judiciary Commit tee, amended so as to avoid objection regarding the mixed school feature, All of the colored members or the House wll, support it in this shape, and its passage will therefore become a question or strict party division. THE PEESIDENTIAL TEEM. The rollowlng Is tbe article of amendment to the Constitution, proposed by Mr. Storrs, of Pa,, yesterday: "Tbe executive power shall be vested In a Presi dent or the United States of America. He shall hold his office daring tbe term of six years. No person elected to tbe office of President shall be eligible lor re-election." AT THE EXECUTIVE MANSION. Among the prominent visitors at the Eexecu tlve Mansion yesterday were the following: Sena tors Gordon, Boreman, Chandler, Oglesoy, Lo gan and Boutwell, and Representatives Butler, Lewis, Hawley, LuttreU, Farwell, Lyneh, bener, Cobb, Kelley, Potter, Ealney, Moroy, Darrall, Bass and Sheats. THE TEEATY OF WASHINGTON. Mr. Tremaln'a bill, amendatory or tbe bill In relation to payments under the treaty or Wash ington, proposes a repeal ofthe section excluding insurance companies from participation In tbe distribution of the award, and authorizing an ex tension or the time for the sitting of the court by the President, If found necessary for the hearing of these additional claims, not to exceed an addi tional year. FINANCIAL. Tbe receipts from Internal revenue yesterday wero (538,061.58. The national bank notes re ceived for redemption, (291,050. The following Is the financial exhibit of the Treasury Department at the close of business yesterday : Currency, (15,254,349; special deposit or legal tenders ror redemption or eertilleatesjjM deposit, (48,990,000; coin, (7T,234,37; incIudiniT coin certificates, (22,018,500; outstanding legal tenders, (382,000,000. THE FINANCES. Mr. Farwell's bill to authorise free banking proposes to reduce the limit to national bank circulation, and the retirement and cancellation or legal-tender notes 11,000,000 each month alter July 1, 1876, until the same shall be at par with gold, when the retirement shall be discontinued. To carry out the provisions or tbe act the Secre tary Is authorized to use the surplns revenues or the Treasury, and In ease those are Insufficient to sell United States bonds authorized to be it sued under the act of July It, 1870. THE WASHINGTON AND ST.LOUIS BAIL EOAD. Mr. Hubbell's bill to aid In the construction or the Washington, Cincinnati and St. Louis narrow gauge railroad proposes the Issue by the road of fllteen million first mortgage five per cent, forty year coin bonds, to be Indorsed by the United States, on the completion of sections ofthe road to the satisfaction of the Secretary of tho Interior, to tbe extent of (17,500 per mile or road com pleted. The bill Is lengthy, and contains a num ber or minor provisions. SOUTHERN LOYAL CLAIMS. The fourth annual report of the Southern Claims Commission was yesterday transmitted to the Speaker or the. Hoots of Representatives, and referred for action to the Committee on War Claims, of which the Hon. William Lawrence, of Ohio, Is the chairman. It embraces decisions and the papers In 2,407 claims, In which the sum of (5,242,706.40 was claimed. More than half the number, that Is to say 1,244 claims, are wholly disallowed, and 1,1(3 claims are allowed wholly or In part, the sum of (770,711.37 being awarded In payment of them. SUPEEVIS NG AECHITEOT. John Mc Arthur, Jr or Philadelphia, yesterday formally declined tbe position of Supervising Ar chitect of the Treasury, which was tendered him some weeks ago by Secretary Brlstow. There still remains a long list of applicants from which to select a successor to Mr.Mullctt, but Secretary Brlstow has given no intimation ol who will be thenext selection. Mr. Cochran, thearchltect or the Illinois and Iowa State houses, Is In Wash ington, and Is prominently urged by Western men for the position. No more capable architect has been mentioned for the position. LIABILITY OF STOCKHOLDERS. A bill Introduced by Mr. Cox, of N. Y., In the House of Bepresentatlres yesterday, provides that whenever any bill, note, bond or coupon, payable to bearer, issued by any corporation or ganized under the laws of the United States, ex cept national banks, becomes due and remains unpaid, after demand made on such corporation, the holder may sae and recover the amount from any subscriber to the stock, or stockholder or the corporation whose shares remain unpaid to the par value thereof, and to the extent or the bal ance so remaining unpaid; the act to take effect on its passage. THE CAUCUS YE3TBEDAY. An adjourned meeting of the Republican mem bers of the Senate In caucus yesterday, during which several unimportant changes of the stand ing committees were made. The caucus lasteu only fifteen minutes, and no business of general Interest was transacted. The two committees appointed last week to prepare business were not ready to report, but It Is expected they will be in a few days. Thus far, all reports to the contrary notwithstanding, there has been no dis cussion in any ofthe caucuses regarding Southern matters, except In an Incidental way, and there certainly has been none to Justify the statement that any bad feeling hat been engendered. NEWSPAPEE LIBELS. Mr. Tremaln's bill in relation to Indictments for libel In the District or Columbia and the trial thereof, introduced yesterday, provides that where a libel Is published Is a paper published outside of the District, but circulated therein, the person indicted may claim the right to a trial In the District; or Circuit Court In the district where such paper was published on the execu tion of a bond In the sum ol not less than (290, nor more than (1,000, at the discretion of the court, conditioned that in case of conviction, for the payment of the complainant's reasonable and necessary traveling expenses, incurred in go ing to and from .his place ol residence and the place or trial. The bill wat tent to the Judiciary Committee. THE COTTON OEOP. The cotton product of 1874, at estimated by the cotton-growers In their returns to the Depart ment of Agriculture, somewhat exceeds three and a halt millions or bales. The yield per acre is reported less than In 1873 In most of the States. The weather for ripening and gathering the top crop has been very favorable. The reports are nearly unanimous In stating that the proportion of lint to seed Is large. The perentages of last year's aggregate ot bales In the principal cotton States are as follows: Virginia, 83 North Caro lina, 88; South Carolina, 92; Georgia, 93; Florida, 100; Alabama, 95; Mississippi, 90; Louisiana, 85; Texas, 90; Arkansas, 60; Tennessee, 57. This re sult corresponds very closely with the Indications of the monthly statements ot condition made by the Department during the season, which hare pointed to a larger crop than the report! of the Cotton Exchanges. WESTEBN AND PAOIFIO NEWS ASSO CIATION. Mr. O. A. Wetmore, who Is well known here at a Washington correspondent of Pad do coast journals, and who It a faithful and zealous repre sentative of the peculiar Interests ot hit section of our country, has succeeded In organizing a strong association for the purpose it mere effect. Irely serving the press of the Paclflo States and Territories than has heretofore been done. The Western and Pacific Newt Association, of which he Is manager, proposes to furnish by telegraph and mall newt of general and special Interest to those States and Territories for papers East and West, He hat secured as an assistant In the Washington office the valuable services of Mr. Joseph Irwin, recently commercial editor of tha San Francisco Zttninj Ezatttntr. Mr. Irwin recently arrived, accompanying the party of King Kalakana, and has already cre ated a favorable lDjiesiiop. upon those who hate met him. An agent in San Francisco wUl trans. m!t East Important news from tbe Pacific, Its States, Isles, and the Orient beyond. Mr. Wet more comes also accredited as the special corre spondent of the Alfa California, San Francisco Etrniag Pott, Oakland Daily Kevi, San Diego Daily Lnfon, Territorial Enterpritt, Nevada, and other well-known Journals on the Pacific coast. THE PACIFIC MAIL LOBBY. Mr. B. B. Irwin, the "wanted" witness, arrived here last night, and has taken rooms at Worm ley's. He will be examined before the Ways and Means Committee at 10 o'clock this morning. Considerable anxiety Is exhibited la certain quar ters regarding his testimony. It has leaked out that he used a portion of the (750,000, drawn rrom the company for lobby purposes, In stock specula tions. His manner of operatlonwas to make up a pool or persons, whose Influence, or pretended In fluence, with Congressmen be sought to obtain, and buy PacIfleMail "short" for that pool. When the subsidy passed the stock went up, and tha division of the earnings or tbe pool was made. He will claim, it Is understood, that he acted as the attorney or the pool, and refuse to give the names of persons Interested In it. THE TABIFF BILL. In the Senate yesterday Mr. Sherman called up the tariff bill, and asked the appointment of another conference committee. The last con ference committee, on whore hands the bill was at the close of last session, failed to agree upon several matters, chler among which are tbe sec tions Inserted by the House, not because the Ways and Means Committee favored them, but as a matter of policy to secure for tbe bill the two-thirds rote that was necessary to pass It under suspension of the rules, In which awkward position It was on the last days of the session. Those sections proposed the Imposition of a duty often cents per pound on Imported hops, allowed farmers or planters to sell, at the place of pro duction, tobacco or their growth and raising at retail, directly to consumers, to an amount not exceeding (100 annually, subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Com missioner ol Internal Berenue, entitling manu racturerstoa drawback upon all manufactured tobacco exported under the provisions of any act of Congress equal to the amount ot duties which shall be shown to have been paid upon licorice, which has entered into the manufacture thereof, and providing for the Imposition of a tax of one twentieth of one per cent, on the gross amount of the sales or stocks, bonds, gold and sUrer bullion, coin and other securities, Irom and after the 1st of July next. Tbe Senate struck out nearly all the above mentioned clauses and the confreres on the part of the two Houses railing to agree left the bill In the position above described. It is now proposed to frame and put through Congress a new bill embracing the features or the old one, which have already been agreed upon by both hands; or, In other words, excluding the points of difference before Indicated. That it will be adopted at this session there seems to be little doubt, but a fight will be made ror the insertion In any such measure that is brought np or those excluded parts. It is probable, too, that as the members or the Ways and Means and Finance Committees examined the tariff laws daring the late recess, with a view to limited -revision as amendment, some additions may be offered as proposed. - . jjispositiov OF THi. cottov - JS: - DI:,r0:51"0 mb LOTTO: TAX. Tbe rollowlng bill ror the roller of the Southern States, by tho compromise and settlement ot their debts, was Introduced In the House yesterday by Mr. Smith, ot North Carolina: Whereas there has been Illegally assessed, col lected and paid into the Treasury of the United States a large sum ol money. Imposed as a tax upon the cotton produet of certain States, to wit: V lrglsla. North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Missis sippi, Texas and Arkansas;and whereas the said States are Involved In debt from which they can not relieve themselves without assistance: There fore Re it enacted, ic. That the Secretary oi the Treasury and the Attorney General are hereby directed without delay to confer with the credi tors Of said States and ascertain upon what terms such indebtedness can be compromised and ad justed. The evidences of debt shall be classified in the manner now established and recognized by the Stock Exchange of New York. Ir, In the opinion or the Secretary or the Treasury and the Attorney General, a reasonable and fair settle ment of snch Indebtedness can be made, then the Secretary or the Treasury is hereby authorized to pay on the debt of each State a sum of money equal to the amount of cotton tax collected from the people or such State as afore said: Protided, That where the amount of cotton tax so paid by the people or any one or said States shall not be sufficient to discharge the whole or Its Indebtedness, payment shall first be made on debts contracted previous to the first day ol January, A. D. 1861, the excess. If any, to be applied as tar as It will go to the payment of debts contracted subsequent to May i, 1835, ac cording to their class, those of longest date being entitled to preference. 2. And be it further enacted. That If there shall be a surplus after discharging the debts or any or such States out or the so collected as aroresald cotton tax, the Secretary or the Treasury Is hereby directed to pay the same to the proper authorities or the state wherein the people re side rrom whom the same was collected, to be used ror the support er the free schools of such State. INTEB-OCEANIO CANAL COMMISSION. Tho special Inter-Oceanic Canal Commission have suspended thfelr meetings pending tbe arri val of Professor Pierce. As has already been stated, this commission will not make a final re port on the surreys ol the different canal routes until the return of an expedition that Is to make some further surveys on the Naplpt route, on the Isthmus of Darien, this winter. The arrange ments for this expedition hare been for some time quietly progressing, and yesterday the order de tailing its officers and assigning the day for Its sailing was Issued from the War Department. The expedition will be nnder the command of Lieutenant Frederick Collins, United States nary, with whom will be associated Lientenants Joseph O. Eaton, J.T. Sullivan, E. W. Very and S. C Paine, all veterans In Darien service, under Commander Selfrldge, with Assistant Surgeon J. F. Bransford, as medical officer. These officers have all necessary Instruments for the accomplishment of their difficult work with scientific accuracy and a liberal supply of pro visions, put up In water-tight packages to pro tect them against the copious rains of the tropics. The expedition will sail from New York, in the Pacific mall steamer which leaves that port on tho 2d of January. There they will repair on board the United States steamer Canandalgua, whose commanding officer will have directions from the Nary De partment to furnish them transportation to the GnltofUraba,and provide them with all neces sary men and material ror the prosecution of the surrey. At the bar at present existing at the mouth of theAtrato prevents the passage of ves sels of heavy draught the party will be obliged to ascend tbat river in steam launches and cut ters. Having transported the party with their Instruments and supplies to tbe Napipl river, In the vicinity of which their surrey will begin, the boats will return to the Canandalgua, which will then sail, with orders to return for the party on the 20th ot March. The object of this expedition Is to obtain such extensive and definite data con cerning the topography along the Napipl line as will enable the commissioners to compare it with that of Nicaragua, which has been much more thoroughly surveyed. It will be remembered that the vicinity of the Napipl line is an unbroken wilderness, Inhabited only by a few negroes and scattered families of Indians, without maps, roads or means of trans portation. In this wilderness our explorers had to grope, as In the dark, feeling their uncertain way slowly and with great labor, and construct. Ing their maps as they advanced. It Is not sur prising, therefore, that in the short time already spent on that line they should hare been unable to obtain such a minute knowledge of the topog raphy as would enable their line to be critically compared with that ot Nicaragua, which lies through a long-settled country, and has been fre quently surveyed. With the maps ot their own construction to guide them, and their knowledge of the country gained by previous experience, It Is thought the members of the new expedition will be able to obtain all necessary data during the present season. The well-established repc. UtloaofLleutenant Collins and his able assist ants gives assurance that the work will be prose cuted rigorously, and nothing left undone to se cure as thorough knowledge of ,the country at too sad circumstances will permit, Thtlrrcturn my be looked for In April or May next. MARYLAND REPUBLICANS AT THE CAPITAL A tub-committee of Maryland Republicans, twenty-three in number, arrived here this morn ing for the purpose of presenting to President Grant, Postmaster General Jewell and Secretary Brlstow a serlet of resolutions paued at a meet ing of Republican delegates representing every district In the State, held tn Baltimore on the 30th of November. The object of the meeting wat to devise a plan for the reorganisation and strengthening of the party by securing the dis missal from office of Inefficient men and the ap pointment In their stead men of ability, who rep resent the true Interests of the party, and who, In the appointment of their subordinates, will see to It that -they are Republicans in every sense of the word. In the opinion ofthe committee the first step toward the accomplishment of this re sult it the removal ot Mr. Washington Booth from the coUectorship of the port ot Baltimore, and the appointment of Robert Turner, esq., at bit successor; and It Is for this purpose that the committee hare visited Washington. Mr. Tor. ner is represented at a leading rcerelant of Baltl more, and isihe choice or nine tenths ortne Re publican psrty of Maryland. The committee at an early hour yesterday morning paid their respects to the Secretary of the Treasury and to the Postmaster General, and communicated to them the object of their visit, and at the same time presented to each a copy of the preamble and resolutions adopted by ; the Baltimore meeting. Both the Secretary of i tne Arc&sury sou (no roiimsiier uenerai re ceived the committee In the most cordial manner, and expressed sympathy with the movement which the committee represent. The committee next visited the Executive Mansion, but In con sequence of a heavy press or official business the President was unable to grant them an audience. He, however, sent them word that he waj aware or the object of their visit; that all the papers tn I connection therewith were on file In the Treasnrr Department, end he would consult with Secre tary Brlstow on the subiect. He also convoyed to tbe committee the assurance that the object of I their visit would receive all due consideration. The committee then sent to the President a copy or tkelr preamble and resolutions and withdrew. NEWS FJiOM OTHER LANDS. GERilAXr. TBE TRIAL Or VOX ARNIU. Berlix, Dec. 14. The trial or Count Von Arnim was resumed to-day. Baron Holstein gave his testimony. He denied that Bismarck had commissioned blm to watch Von Arnlm. The accused has stated that he would not resign, and the Foreign Office would not place him on the retired list because he held documents which compromised Bismarck. With the examination of this witness the testimony closed, and the public prosecutor made a speech ior the Crown. He declared the aecuied had been guilty or bad faith, and his statements were unworthy of credit. He argued the Count purposely abstracted the documents, and never had any intention of re turning them. The revelations communicated to the Vienna Preue were Intended to be used as weapons for a campaign against Bismarck, but the accused retracted almost before the attack was commenced. The echo of the assassins at Kisslngen was too much for him. The offence , n ma i, ..uuua u-,,wuuw.vu. .u. n t.4 && m. Mn. vj tne rana oi ma accuseu. .YCTaraeie55,cuaciuuea tbe prosecutor, the Government would refrain from demanding the deprivation of civil rights. Herr Holtzendorf, counsel for the defence, ar gued that even ir all the charges were admitted an acquittal was unavoidable on purely legal grounds. It could not be maintained that the Crown had any proprietary right lu tbe missing documents. The accused. In bis conflict with Bis marck, considered that he was defending his honor. LOSD05 OOSStP OX THE TRIAL. Loxdox, Dec. 14. Intense feeling has been aroused In France by some of tbe papers read In the Von Arnlm trial. One dispatch especially, in which Bismarck says he cannot but wish to see France weak, and deems It undesirable to strengthen her by contributing to the establish ment of the monarchy, causes profound Indignation- SPA IK. am. LAVA SOT DEAD. Loxdox, Dec 14: Dispatches from San Sebas tlsn admit Gen. Lama has been wounded, but represent bis Injuries as slight, and be is expected I to recover within a week. A nephew or Marshal Serrano was killed In the recent battte. RUSSIA. THE IXTEBHATIOSAL COPE CO 3 TERES CE. Los DOM, Dec. 14. The Journal de St. Peters burg complains or attacks in English journals on the proposed reepcnlng or the International code conference, and says their unfavorable comments may lead to the settlement or the questions in volved without the assistance- or participation or Great Britain. A FEXXSTLYAXIA RAILWAY OFFICIAL SHORT. Pittsbcbo, Dec. 14. A heavy defalcation, amounting: to about (43.000. has been discovered I in the accounts ofthe financial agent ofthe freight department of the Pennsylvania Eallroad Company, within the past few days, In this city. The agent has been In the employ ol the com pany for the past fifteen years, and enjoyed the utmost confidence of tbe officers of the road. The books were found to be correct, but the cash balance seems not to have been on hand. It is stated that the deficit will be made good by his bondsmen, and no prosecution will be made. RECORD OF FIRE. A Boston dispatch says: The shoe factory of Martin D. Krlth k. Co., at Campobello, was burned on Saturday night. The firm estimates their loss at (150,0O0,on which there is an Insurance of (7S.000. The loss includes (10,000 worth or leather and five hundred cases or (hoes. Two hundred hands are thrown out of employment. t O. Talierman A Co.'s silk factory, a three-story brick building, on the Frederick road, a short ' distance from Baltimore, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The loss on the building, owned by Christian Herman, Is (7,000; Insured for (8,000 in the German of Baltimore. The loss on stock and machinery, (9,000, said to be fully Insured In the same company. Henry Albright's cooper shop adjoining, and Frederick Stengel's slaughter-house were also burned. Loss on cooper shop, (1,600; on slaughter-house, (3,000. The steam grist mill of J. II. Landacher was damaged to the extent ol (2,000; fully in sured In the National of Philadelphia, and Ger man or Baltimore. A fire broke out in Boston about 11 o'clock last night In a large, five-story brick block on Ware ham street, and, a strong wind prevailing. It spread rapidly, crossed the street and burned through to Pembroke street. Ten baUalnzs were destroyed. Loss very heavy. BRIEF TELEGRAMS. Fire children ol John Dotterlcb, living near Preakness, N. JM ventured upon the thin ice or a small pond there with a sled. The Ice gave way In the centre of the pond, under their weight, and they were all drowned In sight of their mother, who was watching them play from their honse. Four were girls, aged 16, 15, 13 and 8 years, and a boy of 6 years. An Erie, Pa., dispatch states that B. F. Erway and N. B. Adams, the counterfeiters, who have been passing bogus tens of the Traders' National Bank of Syracuse throughout the latter county, have been arrested. They are believed to be a part of the Ballard gang. Michael Clancy, a tailor or dissipated habits, suicided, on Sunday, at Salem, N. J., by hang ing himself to a banister of the stairway. He wat a single man, aged 42. A telegram from Louisville announces the ' arrest or a freight conduetor and three train bands ror systematically robbing the trains of goods. The practice has been pursued lor months In the Superior Criminal Court, Boston, yes terday, Samuel Mitchell, cf Charlestown, was convicted of incest with his daughter, eleven years old, and sentenced to twelve yean in the penitentiary. The Chamber ol Commerce of Cincinnati has adopted resolutions Indorsing thi steamboat bill now before Congress, and earnestly requests Sen ators Sherman and Thurman to use their best efforts to secure Its passage. The pastors of Omaha hare lasted a call to the Eastern Churches for aid for tbe grasshopper sufferers, suggesting that a special collection be taken up on Christmas day for that purpose. The Governor of Arkansas yesterday signed the acts forbidding State officers from receiving levee bonds in payment of State taxes, and also a memorial to Congress asking for the repeal of the tax ca leaf tobacco. MABONIO. ANNUALMEETING OF VIBGINIAGBAND LODGE. Bichxosd, Va-, Bee. 14. The annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Virginia took plaee to-night; M. W. Grand Master Wm-H. Lambert presiding. Two hundred and twenty seven lodges were represented. ;The Grand Master's address shows the Order In Virginia to be in a most flourishing condition, with more than two hundred and fifty lodges and a mem. bership of twelve thousand. Oitpenratloni for sixteen new lodges were lsssued during the year. The usual standing committees were appointed. A mass meeting of Masons will be held to-morrow In the Interest of the Widows' and Orphans' Home to be established tn this city. Adjourned at 1130 p.m. PERSONAL. Mr. George Wilkes, of ITsixci' Sslrtt, and Sam Bowles, of the Springfield RepuiUctn, are In the city. 3Ir. W. E. Fortter, of England, was aeeerded a grand reception by the Union League Club of New York last night. General Sherman it ezpeeted In this city to. morrow, la response to an invitation from tha President, to do honor to (the King of the Ha waiian Islands. King Kalakana kept lis room me tt or the day yesterday, where he received a few distinguished visitors. He will probably be able to wait on the President to-day, and Is expected to attend the Centennial tea party to-morrow. He bat also accepted aatBTltatlon to the opera for Thursday night. GENEEAL INTELLIGENCE. KIZUXO OF THE ABDUCTOBS OF CBAEUJS BOSS. THE NEW YORK LINEN TRADE ON THE, TARIFF - MOVEMENTS OF THE WI1ITB LEAGUERS IN NEW ORLEANS GRAND LODGE OF VIROINIA, AC. New Yobk, Dec 14. This morning Superin tendent Walling received a dispatch from Fort Hamilton, stating tbat two men, named Wm. Mosher and Joseph Douglas,were shot and killed there last night, while attempting to commit a burglary. Douglas, before dying, declared that Mosher knew all about Charlie Boss, stolen rrom Philadelphia. A detective was at once dispatched from the central office to Identify tbe burglars. coxsESstox or ose or toe bubo labs. Among tbe persons attracted to the spot was Elehard Heiky. a sailor, whose house Is only a little distance from the Van Brunt residence. Between him and the wounded man the following remarkable conversation took place: The dying man, says Uerky, was lying on the ground, and I asked his name. He said it was Joseph Douglas, and that he resided In New York. The name ot the man who was killed, he told me, was Wm. Mcsher, also of New York. He then voluntarily made the following statement without sugges tion having been made by any one present: "I and Mosher were the men who abducted Charlie Boss." "I said to him do you know where he is now?" He said "no." He then said: "Wm. Mo-her had him concealed somewhere," but where he did not tell me. He also stated "that Mosher was a .married man and had six children, but whether he had Charlie Ross with them or not he could not tell." He begged God to for give blm, and wanted a minister sent lor. He was quite sensible when he made that statement, and several persons were present and beard what he said. It appears in effecting an entrance to Judge Van Brunt's residence the thieves sprung a burglar alarm, which connected with the adja cent residence, and aroused the Inmate?, who turned out. The burglars discovering that they were liable to be captured, left cautiously, fired at two of the pursuing party, and ran. They were then fired upon, with the effect stated. THE LOST CLUE. Philadelphia detectives have information that Mosher resided, prior to the abduction, on.Mon roe street, near Second, in Philadelphia, and up to that time owned a hjrse and carriaze. The team was stabled In a small street In the ex treme lower end ot the city, bat since then tho stable has been demolished. The first intima tion that Mosher was connected with tbe Boss case came from New York officers. Captain Helns lelt In the one o'clock train for New York. Mosher la described as having the cartilage of his nose eaten off. The Philadelphia officers also say that Mrs. Mosher was watched for over three weeks In New York In the hope that she would communicate with her husband. Missing her one day, she has not been seen or heard of since. POLICE orricER S REPORT. Sllleck, of the Central office, who was sent to Fort Hamilton to Identify the burglars killed there, returned shortly alter 2 o'clock, and report ed to the superintendent that they were the men who stole the Ross child. Mosher was shot la the head. They arrived there early this morning In a sail boat. Moaher's wife and children resided In Madison street, Philadelphia, and Douglas boarded with them when they stole tne child. They were In the habit or going through Phila delphia peddling bedbug poison. The police are aware or the whereabouts or Mrs. Mosher. ASOTHEB ASS LATER ACCOUXT. Another report or the shooting of the two bur glars at Bay Eldge shows that the house of Judge Van Brunt was empty, and It was tho Judge's brother, his son and a farm laborer named Scott who did the shooting, they having come from the brother's house when notified by the burglar-alarm. Albert Van Brunt, tha young mac, killed Mosher, and Douglas was killed by the laborer with a shotgun, bis bowels being frightfully mangled. He survived half an hour. In his confession he said he and Mosher were known to the police, while he declared that Mosher was the kidnapper of Charlie Boss. He admitted thathe was an assistant In the theft ofthe child. He asserted that tbe hiding place ofthe child had been kept from blm by Mosher. He was unmarried, but Mosher had a wife and six children. None but the robbers were Injured in the conflict, though the barrels of their revol vers were found discharged. They were supplied with burglars' tools. Police now entertain hopes of finding the missing boy. The police have been bunting for the men ror some time. TBE TABIFF. VIEWS OF THE LINEN THADE. New York, Dee. 14. The .merchants' linen trade heard a report from their committee ap pointed at a former meeting to consider what sim plification In the classification of merchandise, and what alteration in the mode of collecting revenues shall be asked of tbe Government at the present session of Congress by the linen trade. The committee reported their belief that the fol lowing changes In the existing tariff would not diminish the revenue upon linen goods, and would greatly simplify the collection of duties, recommending that npon all woven fabrics manu factured of flax, except bags, or which flax Is tho component material or chief value, there shall ba collected and paid 32 per cent, ad valorem, aad bags manufactured of flax 40 per cent, ad valorem. Upon all woven fabrics manufactured ot of jute, of whiehjutelsthe component material of chief value,except bags, there shall be collected thirty per cent, adralorem. That on fabrics ot mixed materials, when the component material or chief value regulates the tariff, the material in the greatest weight shall be held to be the com ponent material of chler value. The committee did not recognize the justice or assessing duties upon circumstances which do not constitute a part of the value of goods, and therefore recom mended that In determining the value or merchan dise henceforward the cost of transportation, shipment and transhipment, or any expense In curred in bringing goods to the vessel In which shipment is made to the United States, the value of the sack or box, commission, brokerage, export duty, or any other like charge should not be con sidered. The report says the so-called codification ot tariff laws Is faulty In its interpretation or duty on linen goods, and requests that until a new tariff Is enacted the ruling rates previous to tho passage of such act shall be restored. In conclu sion, the committee stated that they were unani mously of the opinion that a specific duty would be more difficult of collection and afford no addi tional safeguards against fraud. This report was adopted. INTIMIDATION BT THE WRITE LEAOUERS. ADJOUBNMENT OF THE EETUHNLNG BOABD. New Orxeaxs, Dee. 14. In the returning board to-day John D. Davis, supervisor ot regis tration, and six commissioners of election of St. Helena parish, made affidavits that the election returns from that parish, now In tbe hands of tbe returning board, hare been tampered with and changed the changes and alterations baring; been made In them since they were delivered to the secretary of the beard. The board then adopted a resolution that the board shall, before acting upon the said supervisor's returns, Investi gate tbe charges made in the above statement In order that the guilty parties be dealt with accord. Ing to law. The Carroll parish returns were then taken up, but before anything had been done messenger came In and whispered something to the presi dent. Governor Wells, who at one arose and stated that he bad just been officially Informed tbat armed White Leaguers were stationed In an adjacent building, ready at any moment to dis turb the proceedings ofthe board. He therefore moved an adjournment until to-morrow at 11 a.m T. Morris Chester, a colored member of tha Republican eommitttee, suggested that an ad journment would not Improve matters, but would rather tend to Increase the excitement- Mr. Sloanaker suggested that If the president bad any fears of violence he should call for United States troops to protect the board; that he (Mr. Sloanaker) had been Informed that troops would be furnished at once If desired. Governor Wells said he did not wish to canvass the returns under the protection of United States troops; that he did not intend to be intimidated, and, Insisting npon aa adjournment, the board! adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow. This morning an effort wat was made to Intro, dnce five or six colored girls at pnpUs Into the girls' upper high school, which resulted In the withdrawal of over fifty of the graduating class. This Is the first attempt that hat been made to place negroes tn this school. TWO GERilAX GIRLS CAPTIVE TO CBETEXXSS. St. Louis, Mo, Dee. 11. The Cltbt'i Topeka (Kansas) special sayt information has been re. celved from Gen. Milesheadquarters,tnWleheta, that the two elder German gittxVtlttert of tha tw little ones recently rescued tram the Indians, are In the hands of White Bird's band ol Cheyennes, andasccuthas been tent to White Bird's camp to. treat for the release of tha cap. tires.